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Beyond action-specific simulation: Domain-general motor contributions to perception

Press, C. & Cook, R. (2015). Beyond action-specific simulation: Domain-general motor contributions to perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(4), pp. 176-178. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2015.01.006


Preoccupation with action-specific simulation theory, whereby covert imitation is thought to facilitate action interpretation, has overshadowed evidence that motor structures facilitate perception of numerous visual events extending far beyond others’ actions. In light of these domain-general motor contributions to perception, the case for a special role of motor representation in human action perception may be far weaker than widely believed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version will subsequently be published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 19, Issue 4, April 2015, Pages 176–178
Publisher Keywords: mirror neurons; action simulation; domain-specific; domain-general; motor theories
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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