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 [email protected] [email protected]


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.