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  Modulating mimetic preference with theta burst stimulation of the inferior parietal cortex

Ticini, L. F., Urgesi, C., & Kotz, S. A. (2017). Modulating mimetic preference with theta burst stimulation of the inferior parietal cortex. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 2101. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02101.

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Ticini, Luca Francesco1, Author              
Urgesi, Cosimo2, 3, Author
Kotz, Sonja A.4, 5, Author              
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1Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology Section, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Udine, Italy, ou_persistent22              
3Scientific Institute E. Medea, Bosisio Parini, Italy, ou_persistent22              
4Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
5Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Action; Observation; Preference; Tools; Inferior parietal lobule; cTBS; Objects; Affective judgments
 Abstract: We like an object more when we see someone else reaching for it. To what extent is action observation causally linked to object valuation? In this study, we set out to answer to this question by applying continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) over the left inferior parietal lobule (IPL). Previous studies pointed to this region as critical in the representation of others' actions and in tool manipulation. However, it is unclear to what extent IPL's involvement simply reflects action observation, rather than a casual role in objects' valuation. To clarify this issue, we measured cTBS-dependent modulations of participants' “mimetic preference ratings”, i.e., the difference between the ratings of pairs of familiar objects that were (vs. were not) reached out for by other individuals. Our result shows that cTBS increased mimetic preference ratings for tools, when compared to a control condition without stimulation. This effect was selective for items that were reached for or manipulated by another individual, whilst it was not detected in non-tool objects. Although preliminary, this finding suggests that the automatic and covert simulation of an observed action, even when there is no intention to act on an object, influences explicit affective judgments for objects. This work supports embodied cognition theories by substantiating that our subjective preference is grounded in action.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-07-262017-11-172017-12-01
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02101
PMID: 29250021
PMC: PMC5717539
Other: eCollection 2017
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Funding organization : University of Manchester
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Grant ID : RBFR12F0BD
Funding program : Futuro In Ricerca, FIR 2012
Funding organization : Ministero Istruzione Università e Ricerca, Italy
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Funding program : Ricerca Corrente 2014
Funding organization : Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico

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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
  Abbreviation : Front Psychol
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Publ. Info: Pully, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 8 Sequence Number: 2101 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
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