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Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention

M.D. Rutherford and Valerie A. Kuhlmeier

As adults, we can quickly interpret minimal visual information as a cue that something is animate, as when we briefly catch sight of a mouse darting from hiding place to hiding place. With a mere glance, we can often infer that someone has agency, is moving towards a goal, or is feeling a particular emotion. Recently, there has been renewed interest in the attribution of agency and the understanding of goal-directed behavior, following a rapid increase in empirical discoveries leading to the conclusion that an intuitive understanding of social others ... Read more



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