Temporal Dynamics in Action

Michael Spivey

in The Continuity of Mind

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170788
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786831 | DOI:
 Temporal Dynamics in Action

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This chapter emphasizes the importance of understanding the motor processes involved in any cognitive task. Findings in the field of embodied cognition show that constraints on motor movement strongly influence both language comprehension and visual perception. Moreover, action verbs and images of tools induce activation in the motor cortex. Rhythmic movement tasks and haptic exploration tasks show that elegant dynamical equations, using only biomechanical parameters, can account for behavioral data without postulating cognitive representational states. The chapter ends with an examination of continuous motor measures in cognitive tasks, and a discussion of the role of anticipated percepts in motor processing and learning.

Keywords: motor movement; embodied cognition; rhythmic movement; haptic exploration; biomechanics; reaching; forward models

Chapter.  9467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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