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 [email protected] [email protected]


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.