Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation?

Cole, G. G. (Geoff G.); Atkinson, Mark A.; D'Souza, Antonia D. C.; Welsh, Timothy N.; Skarratt, Paul A.

Department of Psychology
Attention; Movement compatibility; IOR; Social; Joint action; Imitation
2018

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©2017 University of Hull
Abstract

A number of studies have shown that observation of another person’s actions can modulate one’s own actions such as when two individuals cooperate in order to complete a joint task. However, little is known about whether or not direct matching of specific movements is modulated by the goals of the actions observed. In a series of seven experiments we employed an action observation paradigm in which two co-actors sat opposite each other and took turns to reach out to targets presented on a shared workspace. Importantly, co-actors performed either the same goal at the reached-to location or a different goal. Although results consistently showed that the reaching action of one individual slows the observer’s reaching action to the same spatial location, the effect was not modulated according to the adopted goals of co-actors. These findings challenge the notion that the processes involved in the imitation of specific movements code for the action goals of those movements.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
370 KB
Identifier
hull:14700

Journal

Journal title
Journal of experimental psychology : human perception and performance
Publication date
2018
Publisher
American Psychological Association
DOI
10.1037/xhp0000429
ISSN (Print)
0096-1523
ISSN (Electronic)
1939-1277
Volume
44
Issue
2
Start page
226
End page
242
Notes

This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article published in: Journal of experimental psychology : human perception and performance.
This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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