Neural Mechanisms for Biological Motion and Animacy

John A. Pyles and Emily D. Grossman

in People Watching

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

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Neural Mechanisms for Biological Motion and Animacy

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This chapter reviews neuroimaging evidence that reveals several unique brain states associated with the recognition of agents engaged in biological motion. A key brain area, the human superior temporal sulcus (STS), is most strongly driven by dynamic, articulating human bodies. The STS also supports the perception of animacy, social interactions, and multimodal cues to human actions.

Keywords: animacy; biological motion; artificial biological motion; action recognition; human motion; animal motion; superior temporal sulcus (sts); inferior temporal cortex; ventral temporal cortex; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fmri); multimodal processing; kinematics; action understanding network

Chapter.  8132 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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