A sensorimotor alternative to coding is possible

Behav Brain Sci. 2019 Nov 28:42:e222. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X19001468.


If we abandon the coding metaphor in favor of models of the full behavioral loop, we need a way to dissect that loop into understandable pieces. I suggest that evolutionary data provide a solution. We can subdivide behavior into parallel sensorimotor subsystems by following the phylogenetic history of how those systems differentiated and specialized during our evolution, leading to promising ways of re-interpreting neural activity within the context of its pragmatic role in mediating interaction.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Brain*
  • Metaphor*
  • Phylogeny