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ERIC Number: EJ799962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
On the Relations between Action Planning, Object Identification, and Motor Representations of Observed Actions and Objects
Vainio, Lari; Symes, Ed; Ellis, Rob; Tucker, Mike; Ottoboni, Giovanni
Cognition, v108 n2 p444-465 Aug 2008
Recent evidence suggests that viewing a static prime object (a hand grasp), can activate action representations that affect the subsequent identification of graspable target objects. The present study explored whether stronger effects on target object identification would occur when the prime object (a hand grasp) was made more action-rich and dynamic. Of additional interest was whether this type of action prime would affect the generation of motor activity normally elicited by the target object. Three experiments demonstrated that grasp observation improved the identification of grasp-congruent target objects relative to grasp-incongruent target objects. We argue from this data that identifying a graspable object includes the processing of its action-related attributes. In addition, grasp observation was shown to influence the motor activity elicited by the target object, demonstrating interplay between action-based and object-based motor coding. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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