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Prog Brain Res. 2009;174:25-34. doi: 10.1016/S0079-6123(09)01303-X.

A cognitive movement scientist's view on the link between thought and action: insights from the "Badische Zimmer" metaphor.

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Department of Sport Science, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


The problem of a bidirectional link between thought and action is approached from the perspective of cognitive movement science. The metaphor of the "Badische Zimmer" - an adaptation of Searle's Chinese room metaphor - is used to illustrate shortcomings in the classical conception of linear information processing and to introduce some features which current theories of movement control and learning should embrace. On this basis, the case is made for a return to an ideomotor view of motor control and learning based on effect prediction (E') as a function of the situational context (S') and one's own motor responses (R'). The relevance of the derived concept of sensorimotor chains linking elementary S'R'E' units in the course of motor learning is finally discussed with respect to potential implications for an integrative theory of perception, action, and decision making.

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