Jerome Bruner and enaction

Jerome Bruner, the prominent constructivist, used the term “enactive” to describe the representations made through physical action. In infants, that’s the basic muscle memory that lets them move around; in adults, that might describe learning to swim or to ride a bike.

This usage is quite different from the one described in Enacted experience: my term describes authored experiences which are performed (often unconsciously) by others. I may want to change my term.


Bruner, J. (1966). Toward a theory of instruction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Last updated 2023-07-13.