Action Perception from a Common Coding Perspective

Robrecht P. R. D. van der Wel, Natalie Sebanz and Günther Knoblich

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Action Perception from a Common Coding Perspective

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This chapter provides an overview of the evidence suggesting that action perception depends upon the interplay of perceptual and motor processes and discusses the implications of such perception–action coupling. The existence of the mirror neuron system, the impact of motor expertise on action perception, and the influence of motor constraints on action perception are discussed as support for the common coding hypothesis. The coupling of the perception and action systems also allows observers to accurately predict the actions of others and to differentiate self-generated from other-generated actions.

Keywords: action perception; common coding; perception-action coupling; embodied perception; ideomotor principle; simulation theory; perceptual prediction; kinematics; expertise; auditory perception; fitts’ law; two-thirds power law; agency

Chapter.  10658 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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