A non-representational approach to imagined action

I. Rooij, van, R.M. Bongers, W.F.G. Haselager

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This study addresses the dynamical nature of a "representation-hungry" cognitive task involving an imagined action. In our experiment, participants were handed rods that systematically increased or decreased in length on subsequent trials. Participants were asked to judge whether or not they thought they could reach for a distant object with the hand-held rod. The results are in agreement with a dynamical model, extended from Tuller, Case, Ding, and Kelso (1994). The dynamical effects observed in this study suggest that predictive judgments regarding the possibility or impossibility of a certain action can be understood in terms of dynamically evolving basins of attraction instead of as depending on representational structures. © 2002 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-375
JournalCognitive Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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