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Social PerceptionDetection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention$
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M.D. Rutherford and Valerie A. Kuhlmeier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019279

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019279.001.0001

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What Is Biological Motion? Definition, Stimuli, and Paradigms

What Is Biological Motion? Definition, Stimuli, and Paradigms

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(p.13) 2 What Is Biological Motion? Definition, Stimuli, and Paradigms
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Social Perception
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Nikolaus F. Troje

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019279.003.0002

The study of biological motion perception was introduced into vision research some forty years ago by Swedish psychologist Gunnar Johansson. Since that time, questions and approaches surrounding this topic have changed considerably. While early work on biological motion perception was primarily concerned with the mechanisms of perceptual organization the more recent research emphasizes the social significance of human and animal motion. In tracing the evolution of the term “biological motion” and its use, this chapter attempts to characterize and classify the various questions and experimental paradigms that have dominated research on biological motion perception over the last few decades.

Keywords:   Biological motion, animate motion, point-light walkers

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