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Exploring visuomotor priming following biological and non-biological stimuli

Gowen, E, Bradshaw, C, Galpin, AJ and Lawrence, A 2010, 'Exploring visuomotor priming following biological and non-biological stimuli' , Brain and Cognition, 74 (3) , pp. 288-297.

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    Observation of human actions influences the observer’s own motor system, termed visuomotor priming, and is believed to be caused by automatic activation of mirror neurons. Evidence suggests that priming effects are larger for biological (human) as opposed to non-biological (object) stimuli and enhanced when viewing stimuli in mirror compared to anatomical orientation. However, there is conflicting evidence concerning the extent of differences between biological and non-biological stimuli, which may be due to stimulus related confounds. Over three experiments, we compared how visuomotor priming for biological and non-biological stimuli was affected over views, over time and when attention to the moving stimulus was manipulated. The results indicated that the strength of priming for the two stimulus types was dependent on attentional location and load. This highlights that visuomotor priming is not an automatic process and provides a possible explanation for conflicting evidence regarding the differential effects of biological and non-biological stimuli.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Brain and Cognition
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0278-2626
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 12:41
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 10:47

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