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Motor CognitionWhat actions tell the self$
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Marc Jeannerod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569657.001.0001

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Imagined actions as a prototypical form of action representation

Imagined actions as a prototypical form of action representation

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Motor Cognition

Marc Jeannerod

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the behavioral and neural background of action representations by using the paradigm of mental imagery, which has revealed a fruitful approach of a prototypical class of action representations, namely motor images. It describes first the “kinematic” content of action representations, as revealed by mental chronometry experiments with motor images. It then describes the physiological changes which can be observed during experimental manipulation of this kinematic content. A special section is devoted to the functional anatomy of action representations, as revealed by neuroimaging techniques during motor imagery and other action-related mental states. Finally, some of the consequences of the embodiment of action representations for learning and rehabilitation are examined.

Keywords:   mental imagery, motor images, kinematic content, learning, rehabilitation

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