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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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Concluding remarks

Concluding remarks

(p.165) Concluding remarks
Motor Cognition

Marc Jeannerod

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter presents a summary of this study on motor cognition, discussing what it is and is not. Among the findings are that the core of motor cognition is the concept of action representation, the covert counterpart of any goal-directed action, executed or not. The co-existence, within the same brain, of the two modalities of action representations thus raises the problem of identifying the author of these representations. Realizing that actions performed by others are directed towards goals and that they have a meaning is the other dimension of motor cognition, that which considers not only actions and their representations but also interactions between subjects.

Keywords:   motor cognition, action representation, actions, simulation

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