Oades, Robert D.; Kreul, Katja:

Anomalous processing in schizophrenia suggests adaptive event-action coding requires multiple executive brain mechanisms. A commentary on "The theory of event coding (TEC): A framework for perception and action planning"

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Jg. 24 (2001) ; Nr. 5, S. 895-896
ISSN: 0140-525X
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Medizin
Traditional approaches to human information processing tend to deal with perception and action planning in isolation, so that
an adequate account of the perception-action interface is still missing. On the perceptual side, the dominant cognitive view largely underestimates,
and thus fails to account for, the impact of action-related processes on both the processing of perceptual information and
on perceptual learning. On the action side, most approaches conceive of action planning as a mere continuation of stimulus processing,
thus failing to account for the goal-directedness of even the simplest reaction in an experimental task. We propose a new framework for
a more adequate theoretical treatment of perception and action planning, in which perceptual contents and action plans are coded in a
common representational medium by feature codes with distal reference. Perceived events (perceptions) and to-be-produced events
(actions) are equally represented by integrated, task-tuned networks of feature codes – cognitive structures we call event codes. We give
an overview of evidence from a wide variety of empirical domains, such as spatial stimulus-response compatibility, sensorimotor synchronization,
and ideomotor action, showing that our main assumptions are well supported by the data.