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ERIC Number: EJ906909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
The Handedness of Imagined Bodies in Action and the Role of Perspective Taking
Marzoli, Daniele; Mitaritonna, Alessia; Moretto, Francesco; Carluccio, Patrizia; Tommasi, Luca
Brain and Cognition, v75 n1 p51-59 Feb 2011
Past research at the nexus of motor control and perception investigated the role of perspective taking in many behavioral and neuroimaging studies. Some investigators addressed the issue of one's own vs. others' action imagination, but the possible effects of a front or a back view in imagining others' actions have so far been neglected. We report two "single trial" experiments in which a total of 640 participants were asked to imagine a person performing a manual action--either in a front or in a back view--and then to indicate the hand used by the imagined person during movement execution. In such a task, we assume the existence of two distinct biases: a perceptual-mnemonic bias due to subjects' visual experience of others' actions, encouraging them to imagine right-handed movements, and a motor bias due to subjects' experience of self-made actions, encouraging them to imagine movements performed with the same hand as their dominant hand. We hypothesized that a greater involvement of motor representations in the back view compared to the front view could result in an increased correspondence between one's own manual preference and the hand used by the imagined agent in the former condition. The results of both experiments were consistent with this hypothesis, suggesting that while imagining others' actions we employ motor simulations in different degrees according to the perspective adopted. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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