An examination of the influence of visuomotor associations on interpersonal motor resonance

Fitzgibbon, BM, Fitzgerald, PB and Enticott, PG 2014, An examination of the influence of visuomotor associations on interpersonal motor resonance, Neuropsychologia, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 439-446, doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.02.018.

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Title An examination of the influence of visuomotor associations on interpersonal motor resonance
Author(s) Fitzgibbon, BM
Fitzgerald, PB
Enticott, PGORCID iD for Enticott, PG
Journal name Neuropsychologia
Volume number 56
Issue number 1
Start page 439
End page 446
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 1873-3514
Keyword(s) Association model
Interpersonal resonance
Mirror neurons
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, Experimental
Neurosciences & Neurology
Summary The adaptation account of mirror neurons in humans proposes that mirror systems have been selected for in evolution to facilitate social cognition. By contrast, a recent "association" account of mirror neurons in humans argues that mirror systems are not the result of a specific adaptation, but of sensorimotor learning arising from concurrent visual and motor activity. Here, we used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electromyography (EMG) to evaluate whether visuomotor associations affect interpersonal motor resonance, a putative measure of mirror system activity. 18 participants underwent two TMS sessions exploring whether visuomotor associations established throughout one׳s lifespan, namely common movements and movements generated from one׳s own perspective, are associated with increased putative mirror system activity. Our results showed no overall difference in interpersonal motor resonance to common versus uncommon actions, or actions presented from an egocentric (self) versus an allocentric (other) perspective. We did, however, observe increased interpersonal motor resonance within the abductor digiti minimi (ADM) muscle in response to allocentric compared to egocentric movements. As the association model predicts stronger mirror system response to actions with stronger visuomotor associations, such as common movements and those presented from an egocentric perspective, our findings provide little evidence to support the association model.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.02.018
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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