Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The TEC as a theory of embodied cognition

Daniel C. Richardson a1 and Michael J. Spivey a1
a1 Psychology Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853


We argue that the strengths of the Theory of Event Coding (TEC) can usefully be applied to a wider scope of cognitive tasks, and tested by more diverse methodologies. When allied with a theory of conceptual representation such as Barsalou's (1999a) perceptual symbol systems, and extended to data from eye-movement studies, the TEC has the potential to address the larger goals of an embodied view of cognition.