Anomalous processing in schizophrenia suggests adaptive event-action coding requires multiple executive brain mechanisms

Commentary on: "Hommel, B., Müsseler, J., Aschersleben, G., & Prinz, W. (2001). "The Theory of Event Coding (TEC): A framework for perception and action planning." Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(5), 849-878.


The integration of perceived events with appropriate action usually requires more flexibility to result in adaptive responses than Hommel et al report in their selective review. The need for hierarchies of function that can intervene and the existence of diverse mediating brain mechanisms can be illustrated by the non-adaptive expression in psychiatric illness of negative priming, blocking, and affective responses.


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