The Neural Basis of Action Understanding

To efficiently interact with our environment, we need to observe, understand and act upon actions performed by other people. According to embodied accounts of cognition, understanding the meaning of actions relies on similar representations that are recruited when we perform the same actions ourselves. In this talk I will present a series of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments investigating (a) to which degree representations of actions are shared across modalities, and (b) whether shared representations for observed and executed actions are recruited during action understanding. I will discuss the theoretical implications of the results in the framework of embodied cognition as well as future directions.



Dr. Angelika Lingnau
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
University of Trento, Italy


Montag, 9.Juli 2012, 16 Uhr c.t.


Universität Ulm, O28, Raum 1002 (Videoübertragung zur Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg G26.1-010)