Verbal social primes alter motor contagion during action observation

Sparks, S., Douglas, T. and Kritikos, A. (2016) Verbal social primes alter motor contagion during action observation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69 6: 1041-1048. doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1113304

Author Sparks, S.
Douglas, T.
Kritikos, A.
Title Verbal social primes alter motor contagion during action observation
Journal name Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0226
Publication date 2016-02-16
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2015.1113304
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 69
Issue 6
Start page 1041
End page 1048
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract We investigated whether prosocial and nonsocial word primes prior to action observation modify subsequent initiation and execution of the observer's own reach-to-grasp actions. Participants observed a model performing exaggeratedly curved (vertical deviation) or natural straight reaches to a vertical dowel and always performed a straight reach to a dowel themselves. Observing curved movements slowed initiation times and increased the vertical deviation of the participants’ movements. Observing curved movements enhanced vertical deviation only in the prosocial word primes condition. We suggest that social context priming can modulate initiation of movement as well as the extent of motor contagion (in this case, the extent of vertical deviation) between model and observer.
Keyword Ideomotor priming
Action observation
Motor contagion
Social primes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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