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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 is an early-developing part of our human na ... More

Keywords: Biological Motion, Animacy, Intentionality, Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019279
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M.D. Rutherford, editor

Valerie A. Kuhlmeier, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

M.D. Rutherford, and Valerie A. Kuhlmeier

3 From Motion Cues to Social Perception

Francesca Simion, Lara Bardi, Elena Mascalzoni, and Lucia Regolin

5 Beyond the Scientific Objectification of the Human Body

Maggie Shiffrar, and James P. Thomas

8 Design for Learning

Willem E. Frankenhuis, and H. Clark Barrett

9 Perceiving Animacy and Intentionality

Brian J. Scholl, and Tao Gao

13 Dwelling on Action

Dare Baldwin, and Kara D. Sage

15 Human Action Perception across Development

Jeff Loucks, and Jessica Sommerville

16 Online Action Analysis

Amanda Woodward, and Erin N. Cannon

End Matter