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dc.contributor.authorWoodward, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorGerson, Sarah
dc.identifier.citationWoodward , A & Gerson , S 2014 , ' Review article : mirroring and the development of action understanding ' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences , vol. 369 , no. 1644 .
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dc.description.abstractThe discovery of mirror neurons in the monkey motor cortex has inspired wide-ranging hypotheses about the potential relationship between action control and social cognition. In this paper, we consider the hypothesis that this relationship supports the early development of a critical aspect of social understanding, the ability to analyse others’ actions in terms of goals. Recent investigations of infant action understanding have revealed rich connections between motor development and the analysis of goals in others’ actions. In particular, infants’ own goal-directed actions influence their analysis of others’ goals. This evidence indicates that the cognitive systems that drive infants’ own actions contribute to their analysis of goals in others’ actions. These effects occur at a relatively abstract level of analysis both in terms of the structure infants perceive in others’ actions and relevant structure in infants’ own actions. Although the neural bases of these effects in infants are not yet well understood, current evidence indicates that connections between action production and action perception in infancy involve the interrelated neural systems at work in generating planned, intelligent action.
dc.relation.ispartofPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciencesen
dc.rightsCopyright 2014 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at
dc.subjectSocial cognitionen
dc.subjectAction understandingen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleReview article : mirroring and the development of action understandingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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