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Motor Cognition: What actions tell the self

Marc Jeannerod


Our ability to acknowledge and recognize our own identity — our “self” — is a characteristic doubtless unique to humans. Where does this feeling come from? How does the combination of neurophysiological processes coupled with our interaction with the outside world construct this coherent identity? We know that our social interactions contribute via the eyes, ears, etc. However, our self is not only influenced by our senses. It is also influenced by the actions we perform and those we see others perform. Our brain anticipates the effects of our own actions and simulates the actions of others. I ... More

Keywords: identity, self, neurophysiological processes, social interactions, emotions, motor actions, consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198569657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Jeannerod, author
Emeritus Professor, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France