Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Explanatory burdens and natural law: Invoking a field description of perception-action


Robert E. Shaw a1 and Jeffrey B. Wagman a1
a1 Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 Robert.E.Shaw@uconn.edu Jeffrey.B.Wagman@uconn.edu http://ione.psy.uconn.edu/~cespaweb/people/wagman.html

Abstract

Although we agree with Hommel et al. that perception and action refer to one another, we disagree that they do so via a code. Gibson (1966; 1979) attempted to frame perception-action as a field phenomenon rather than as a particle phenomenon. From such a perspective, perception and action are adjoint, mutually interacting through an information field, and codes are unnecessary.