Experience and the Perception of Biological Motion

Frank E. Pollick, Corinne Jola, Karin Petrini, Lawrie S. McKay, Phil McAleer, Seon Hee Jang, Christine MacLeod, and David R. Simmons

in People Watching

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

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Experience and the Perception of Biological Motion

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Many discussions of biological motion perception involve a description of observers’ attunements for recognizing gender, emotion, action, and identity from point-light displays. This chapter describes an often-neglected determinant of biological motion perception: the role of expertise. First, the authors describe how variability among observers is essential for developing a comprehensive theory of biological motion perception. Then, they describe how the distributed network of brain areas devoted to biological motion perception provides an opportunity for this brain network to be applied to new tasks and environments.

Keywords: biological motion; expertise; distributed processing; visual experience; visuomotor experience; action observation; dance; visual aesthetics; multisensory representations; drummers; autism spectrum disorders; neural correlates

Chapter.  11730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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