Differential cerebral activation during observation of expressive gestures and motor acts.

  title={Differential cerebral activation during observation of expressive gestures and motor acts.},
  author={Martin Lotze and Ulrike Heymans and Niels Birbaumer and Ralf Veit and Michael Erb and Herta Flor and Ulrike Halsband},
  volume={44 10},
We compared brain activation involved in the observation of isolated right hand movements (e.g. twisting a lid), body-referred movements (e.g. brushing teeth) and expressive gestures (e.g. threatening) in 20 healthy subjects by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Perception-related areas in the occipital and inferior temporal lobe but also the mirror neuron system in the lateral frontal (ventral premotor cortex and BA 44) and superior parietal lobe were active during all three… CONTINUE READING
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