Action, affordances, and anorexia: body representation and basic cognition

Stephen Andrew Gadsby, Daniel Williams

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We evaluate a growing trend towards anti-representationalism in cognitive science in the context of recent research into the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa in cognitive neuropsychiatry. We argue two things: first, that this research relies on an explanatorily robust concept of representation—the concept of a long-term body schema; second, that this body representation underlies our most basic environmental interactions and affordance perception—the psychological phenomena supposed to be most hospitable to a non-representationalist treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5297-5317
Number of pages21
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Action
  • Action-oriented
  • Affordances
  • Anorexia
  • Basic cognition
  • Content
  • Embodied
  • Enactivism
  • Hard problem of content
  • Radical
  • Representation

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