Dissociable neural systems support retrieval of how and why action knowledge.

@article{Spunt2010DissociableNS,
  title={Dissociable neural systems support retrieval of how and why action knowledge.},
  author={Robert P. Spunt and Emily B. Falk and Matthew D. Lieberman},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 11},
  pages={1593-8}
}
In everyday discourse, people typically represent actions in one of two ways: how they are performed or why they are performed. In the present study, we determined the neural systems that support these natural modes of representing actions. Participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while identifying how and why people perform various familiar actions. Identifying how actions are performed produced activity in premotor areas that support the execution of actions and in higher… CONTINUE READING
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