Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Computational ideas developed within the control theory have limited relevance to control processes in living systems

Mark L. Latash a1 and Anatol G. Feldman a2
a1 Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 [email protected]
a2 Department of Physiology, Neurological Science Research Center, University of Montreal and Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, H3S 2J4, Canada [email protected]


Exclusively focused on data that are consistent with the proposed ideas, the target article misses an opportunity to review data that are inconsistent with them. Weaknesses of the emulation theory become especially evident when one tries to incorporate physiologically realistic muscle and reflex mechanisms into it. In particular, it fails to resolve the basic posture-movement controversy.