The predictive mirror: Interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation

Bach, Patric, Bayliss, Andrew P. and Tipper, Steven P. (2011) The predictive mirror: Interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18 1: 171-176. doi:10.3758/s13423-010-0029-x


Author Bach, Patric
Bayliss, Andrew P.
Tipper, Steven P.
Title The predictive mirror: Interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation
Journal name Psychonomic Bulletin & Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1069-9384
1531-5320
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/s13423-010-0029-x
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 171
End page 176
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract An important question for the study of social interactions is how the motor actions of others are represented. Research has demonstrated that simply watching someone perform an action activates a similar motor representation in oneself. Key issues include (1) the automaticity of such processes, and (2) the role object affordances play in establishing motor representations of others' actions. Participants were asked to move a lever to the left or right to respond to the grip width of a hand moving across a workspace. Stimulus-response compatibility effects were modulated by two task-irrelevant aspects of the visual stimulus: the observed reach direction and the match between hand-grasp and the affordance evoked by an incidentally presented visual object. These findings demonstrate that the observation of another person's actions automatically evokes sophisticated motor representations that reflect the relationship between actions and objects even when an action is not directed towards an object. © The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Action observation
Stimulus-response compatibility
Mirror neurons
Object affordances
Prehension
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 9 November 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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