Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

An affordance field for guiding movement and cognition


Arthur M. Glenberg a1, Monica R. Cowart a2 and Michael P. Kaschak a1
a1 Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 glenberg@facstaff.wisc.edu mpkaschak@students.wisc.edu
a2 Philosophy Department, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA 01845 mcowart@merrimack.edu

Abstract

An embodied movement-planning field cannot account for behavior and cognition more abstract than that of reaching. Instead, we propose an affordance field, and we sketch how it could enhance the analysis of the A-not-B error, underlie cognition, and serve as a base for language. Admittedly, a dynamic systems account of an affordance field awaits significant further development.