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Favouritism in the motor system: social interaction modulates action simulation

(2010) BIOLOGY LETTERS. 6(6). p.758-761
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The ability to anticipate others' actions is crucial for social interaction. It has been shown that this ability relies on motor areas of the human brain that are not only active during action execution and action observation, but also during anticipation of another person's action. Recording electroencephalograms during a triadic social interaction, we assessed whether activation of motor areas pertaining to the human mirror-neuron system prior to action observation depends on the social relationship between the actor and the observer. Anticipatory motor activation was stronger when participants expected an interaction partner to perform a particular action than when they anticipated that the same action would be performed by a third person they did not interact with. These results demonstrate that social interaction modulates action simulation.
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motor system, action simulation, social interaction, EEG, favouritism, MIRROR SYSTEM, HUMAN BRAIN, ACTIVATION, COGNITION, OTHERS, CORTEX

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Kourtis, Dimitrios, Natalie Sebanz, and Gunther Knoblich. “Favouritism in the Motor System: Social Interaction Modulates Action Simulation.” BIOLOGY LETTERS 6.6 (2010): 758–761. Print.
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Kourtis, D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2010). Favouritism in the motor system: social interaction modulates action simulation. BIOLOGY LETTERS, 6(6), 758–761.
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Kourtis, Dimitrios, Natalie Sebanz, and Gunther Knoblich. 2010. “Favouritism in the Motor System: Social Interaction Modulates Action Simulation.” Biology Letters 6 (6): 758–761.
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Kourtis, Dimitrios, Natalie Sebanz, and Gunther Knoblich. 2010. “Favouritism in the Motor System: Social Interaction Modulates Action Simulation.” Biology Letters 6 (6): 758–761.
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Kourtis D, Sebanz N, Knoblich G. Favouritism in the motor system: social interaction modulates action simulation. BIOLOGY LETTERS. 2010;6(6):758–61.
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D. Kourtis, N. Sebanz, and G. Knoblich, “Favouritism in the motor system: social interaction modulates action simulation,” BIOLOGY LETTERS, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 758–761, 2010.
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  abstract     = {{The ability to anticipate others' actions is crucial for social interaction. It has been shown that this ability relies on motor areas of the human brain that are not only active during action execution and action observation, but also during anticipation of another person's action. Recording electroencephalograms during a triadic social interaction, we assessed whether activation of motor areas pertaining to the human mirror-neuron system prior to action observation depends on the social relationship between the actor and the observer. Anticipatory motor activation was stronger when participants expected an interaction partner to perform a particular action than when they anticipated that the same action would be performed by a third person they did not interact with. These results demonstrate that social interaction modulates action simulation.}},
  author       = {{Kourtis, Dimitrios and Sebanz, Natalie and Knoblich, Gunther}},
  issn         = {{1744-9561}},
  journal      = {{BIOLOGY LETTERS}},
  keywords     = {{motor system,action simulation,social interaction,EEG,favouritism,MIRROR SYSTEM,HUMAN BRAIN,ACTIVATION,COGNITION,OTHERS,CORTEX}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{6}},
  pages        = {{758--761}},
  title        = {{Favouritism in the motor system: social interaction modulates action simulation}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2010.0478}},
  volume       = {{6}},
  year         = {{2010}},
}

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