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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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Abstract

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
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 11:41
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 09:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14934

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