Action Representation

Ideomotor accounts of human action control assume actions to be represented in terms of their perceivable effects. Our work aims at specifying this theoretical framework by highlighting the role of body-related (as compared to environment-related) action effects, and by disentangling different representational formats (transition- vs. goal-based coding; categorical vs. metric representations).

Exemplary Publications

Pfister, R. (2019). Effect-based action control with body-related effects: Implications for empirical approaches to ideomotor action control. Psychological Review126(1), 153–161.

Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., Wirth, R., Dignath, D., & Kunde, W. (2014). Thinking with portals: Revisiting kinematic cues to intention. Cognition133(2), 464–473.