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Motor simulation beyond the Dyad: automatic imitation of multiple actors

Emiel Cracco (UGent) , Lize De Coster (UGent) , Michael Andres (UGent) and Marcel Brass (UGent)
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A large body of research has provided evidence for the idea that individuals simulate the actions of others in their motor system. However, this research has focused almost exclusively on dyadic situations, hence ignoring the fact that social situations often require that the actions of multiple persons are simulated simultaneously. In the current study, we addressed this issue by means of a widely used automatic imitation task. In Experiment 1, it is shown that individuals automatically imitate the actions of 2 agents at the same time. More specifically, the results indicate that 2 identical observed movements produce a stronger imitation effect, whereas 2 different observed movements produce 2 opposite imitation effects that cancel each other out. In Experiment 2, it is shown that the effects obtained in Experiment 1 cannot be explained in terms of attentional capture. Instead, the results point toward an explanation in terms of ideomotor theory. The finding that observers simultaneously represent the actions of multiple agents in their motor system allows for a better understanding of social interaction beyond the dyad.
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automatic imitation, multiactor situations, action observation, MOVEMENTS, FACILITATION, REPRESENTATION, PERCEPTION, JOINT ACTION, RESPONSE TENDENCIES, UTILIZATION BEHAVIOR, MAGNETIC STIMULATION, SPATIAL COMPATIBILITY, MIRROR-NEURON SYSTEM

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Cracco, Emiel, Lize De Coster, Michael Andres, and Marcel Brass. 2015. “Motor Simulation Beyond the Dyad: Automatic Imitation of Multiple Actors.” Journal of Experimental Psychology-human Perception and Performance 41 (6): 1488–1501.
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Cracco, E., De Coster, L., Andres, M., & Brass, M. (2015). Motor simulation beyond the Dyad: automatic imitation of multiple actors. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE, 41(6), 1488–1501.
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Cracco E, De Coster L, Andres M, Brass M. Motor simulation beyond the Dyad: automatic imitation of multiple actors. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE. 2015;41(6):1488–501.
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Cracco, Emiel, Lize De Coster, Michael Andres, et al. “Motor Simulation Beyond the Dyad: Automatic Imitation of Multiple Actors.” JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE 41.6 (2015): 1488–1501. Print.
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  abstract     = {A large body of research has provided evidence for the idea that individuals simulate the actions of others in their motor system. However, this research has focused almost exclusively on dyadic situations, hence ignoring the fact that social situations often require that the actions of multiple persons are simulated simultaneously. In the current study, we addressed this issue by means of a widely used automatic imitation task. In Experiment 1, it is shown that individuals automatically imitate the actions of 2 agents at the same time. More specifically, the results indicate that 2 identical observed movements produce a stronger imitation effect, whereas 2 different observed movements produce 2 opposite imitation effects that cancel each other out. In Experiment 2, it is shown that the effects obtained in Experiment 1 cannot be explained in terms of attentional capture. Instead, the results point toward an explanation in terms of ideomotor theory. The finding that observers simultaneously represent the actions of multiple agents in their motor system allows for a better understanding of social interaction beyond the dyad.},
  author       = {Cracco, Emiel and De Coster, Lize and Andres, Michael and Brass, Marcel},
  issn         = {0096-1523},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE},
  keyword      = {automatic imitation,multiactor situations,action observation,MOVEMENTS,FACILITATION,REPRESENTATION,PERCEPTION,JOINT ACTION,RESPONSE TENDENCIES,UTILIZATION BEHAVIOR,MAGNETIC STIMULATION,SPATIAL COMPATIBILITY,MIRROR-NEURON SYSTEM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1488--1501},
  title        = {Motor simulation beyond the Dyad: automatic imitation of multiple actors},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039737},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2015},
}

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