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  Action comprehension: Deriving spatial and functional relations

Bach, P., Knoblich, G., Gunter, T. C., Friederici, A. D., & Prinz, W. (2005). Action comprehension: Deriving spatial and functional relations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31(3), 465-479. doi:10.1037/0096-1523.31.3.465.

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Bach, Patric1, Author              
Knoblich, Günther2, Author              
Gunter, Thomas C.3, Author              
Friederici, Angela D.3, Author              
Prinz, Wolfgang4, Author              
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1MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634548              
2External Organizations, ou_persistent22              
3Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
4Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634564              

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Free keywords: action comprehension; action recognition; mirror neurons; functional knowledge; tool use
 Abstract: A perceived action can be understood only when information about the action carried out and the objects used are taken into account. It was investigated how spatial and functional information contributes to establishing these relations. Participants observed static frames showing a hand wielding an instrument and a potential target object of the action. The 2 elements could either match or mismatch, spatially or functionally. Participants were required to judge only 1 of the 2 relations while ignoring the other. Both irrelevant spatial and functional mismatches affected judgments of the relevant relation. Moreover, the functional relation provided a context for the judgment of the spatial relation but not vice versa. The results are discussed in respect to recent accounts of action understanding.

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 Dates: 2005
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 511625
DOI: 10.1037/0096-1523.31.3.465
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Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Washington : American Psychological Association (PsycARTICLES)
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 31 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 465 - 479 Identifier: ISSN: 0096-1523
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