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Action ScienceFoundations of an Emerging Discipline$
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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001

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Understanding Action from the Inside

Understanding Action from the Inside

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Action Science

Giacomo Rizzolatti

Corrado Sinigaglia

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on understanding action in detail and its significance in human activities. It presents a comparative study of the structure of the parieto-frontal network in nonhuman primates and human beings to understand the significance of action in human activities. The chapter also examines the functional characteristics of the neural networks that are found within the parieto-frontal network, and presents evidence which suggests that the verification of actions is essential to perceive related motor activities of others in terms of respective goals and specific visual aspects. A number of brain-imaging studies also suggest that human ”mirror” areas verify the purpose of a motor act more effectively, producing result-oriented mirror mechanisms.

Keywords:   action, primates, functional characteristics, neural networks, brain-imaging

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