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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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Action mirroring and action understanding: an alternative account

Action mirroring and action understanding: an alternative account

(p.435) 20 Action mirroring and action understanding: an alternative account
Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition

Gergely Csibra

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relation between mirroring and understanding of actions. It challenges the notion that action mirroring is generated by direct matching and serves the function of action understanding in terms of their goals. It argues that action mirroring is generated by action reconstruction via top-down emulation from action interpretation produced outside the motor system and that it does not follow but rather anticipates ongoing actions and enables action coordination with others.

Keywords:   action mirroring, goals, action interpretation, motor system, emulation, others

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