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    Biological tuning of mirror mechanisms: evidence and functional implications

    Press, Clare (2016) Biological tuning of mirror mechanisms: evidence and functional implications. In: Obhi, S.S. and Cross, E.S. (eds.) Shared Representations: Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Life. Cambridge Social Neuroscience. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 332-350. ISBN 9781107690318.

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    Abstract

    A range of behavioural and neuroimaging evidence demonstrates that we mirror observed human action in our motor systems to a greater extent than similar non-biological movement. This chapter reviews such evidence, considering the form and kinematic features of observed stimuli to which mirror mechanisms are sensitive. It subsequently considers the role of this biological tuning in our interactions with, and processing of, humans relative to inanimate devices, in the context of functions likely to be supported by mirror mechanisms. It notes that in contrast with common assumptions, biological tuning is unlikely to reflect increased inferential processing about mental states of observed humans. It considers that biological tuning is more likely to influence our imitation and perception of human and inanimate movements. The final section examines how biological tuning can be integrated with evidence that mirror mechanisms are part of a wider domain-general system adapted for action control, mapping motor codes onto observed events from both our social and inanimate environments.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 12:24
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 12:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21402

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