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The functional role of the parieto-frontal mirror circuit: interpretations and misinterpretations
The parieto-frontal cortical circuit that is active during action observation is the circuit with mirror properties that has been most extensively studied. Yet, there remains controversy on its roleExpand
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What is so special about embodied simulation?
Simulation theories of social cognition abound in the literature, but it is often unclear what simulation means and how it works. The discovery of mirror neurons, responding both to action executionExpand
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Motor cognition and its role in the phylogeny and ontogeny of action understanding.
Social life rests in large part on the capacity to understand the intentions behind the behavior of others. What are the origins of this capacity? How is one to construe its development inExpand
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Where does an object trigger an action? An investigation about affordances in space
A series of experiments provide evidence that affordances rely not only on mutual appropriateness of the features of an object and the abilities of an individual, but also on the fact that those features fall within her own reachable space, thus being really ready-to-her-own-hand. Expand
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The mirror mechanism: a basic principle of brain function
The mirror mechanism is a basic brain mechanism that transforms sensory representations of others' behaviour into one's own motor or visceromotor representations concerning that behaviour. AccordingExpand
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The bodily self as power for action
The aim of our paper is to show that there is a sense of body that is enactive in nature and that enables to capture the most primitive sense of self. We will argue that the body is primarily givenExpand
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Looking Ahead: Anticipatory Gaze and Motor Ability in Infancy
The present study asks when infants are able to selectively anticipate the goals of observed actions, and how this ability relates to infants’ own abilities to produce those specific actions. UsingExpand
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Intention and motor representation in purposive action
Are there distinct roles for intention and motor representation in explaining the purposiveness of action? Standard accounts of action assign a role to intention but are silent on motorExpand
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The space of affordances: A TMS study
Previous studies have shown a motor recruitment during the observation of graspable objects. This recruitment has been considered crucial in encoding the observed objects in terms of one or moreExpand
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Intention Understanding in Autism
When we observe a motor act (e.g. grasping a cup) done by another individual, we extract, according to how the motor act is performed and its context, two types of information: the goal (grasping)Expand
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