How does "mirroring" support joint action?

Colling, Lincoln J, Knoblich, Günther and Sebanz, Natalie (2013) How does "mirroring" support joint action? Cortex, 49 (10). pp. 2964-2965. ISSN 0010-9452

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Abstract

The discovery of mirror neurons (e.g., Gallese et al., 1996) has reignited interest in theories that postulate a tight functional link between perception and action. According to these theories, perception and action share a common representational code, with actions coded in terms of the distal perceptual effects that they produce (Prinz, 1997). Accordingly, action representations should be activated when perceiving actions or perceiving the perceptual effects generated by actions. Mirror neurons have been regarded as a neural substrate implementing this functional principle. Perhaps the most important implication of common coding is that it establishes a social link between actor and observer that supports action understanding (Rizzolatti and Sinigaglia, 2010) and/or prediction (Wilson and Knoblich, 2005). How might close perception–action links help people to perform actions together? In the sections that follow, we discuss three possible functions of mirroring for joint action: 1) supporting temporal coordination in real time, 2) enabling seamless integration of one's own and others' actions in joint action planning, and 3) enabling groups to imitate the coordinated actions of other groups.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Depositing User: Lincoln Colling
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 08:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86391
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