Representation and Anticipation in Motor Action

  • Thomas SchackEmail author
  • Christoph Schütz
  • André Frank Krause
  • Christian Seegelke
Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 29)


This paper introduces a cognitive architecture model of human action, showing how it is organized over several levels and how it is built up to connect the anticipation of future states and related action execution. Basic Action Concepts (BACs) are identified as major building blocks on a representation level. These BACs are considered cognitive tools for mastering the functional demands of movement tasks. Different lines of research, ranging from complex action to manual action, are presented that provide evidence for a systematic relation between the cognitive representation structures and the actual motor performance. It is concluded that such motor representations provide the basis for action anticipation and motor execution by linking higher-level action goals with the lower-level perceptual effects in the form of cognitive reference structures.


Representation structure Anticipation Motor hysteresis End-state comfort SDA-M Motor hysteresis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Schack
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Christoph Schütz
    • 1
  • André Frank Krause
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christian Seegelke
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Sport SciencesBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Cognitive Interaction TechnologyCenter of Excellence, Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.CoR-Lab, Research Institute for Cognition and RoboticsBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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