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Eye Movements During Action Observation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)In: Perspectives on Psychological Science, ISSN 1745-6916, E-ISSN 1745-6924, Vol. 10, no 5, 591-598 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An important element in social interactions is predicting the goals of others, including the goals of others' manual actions. Over a decade ago, Flanagan and Johansson demonstrated that, when observing other people reaching for objects, the observer's gaze arrives at the goal before the action is completed. Moreover, those authors proposed that this behavior was mediated by an embodied process, which takes advantage of the observer's motor knowledge. Here, we scrutinize work that has followed that seminal article. We include studies on adults that have used combined eye tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation technologies to test causal hypotheses about underlying brain circuits. We also include developmental studies on human infants. We conclude that, although several aspects of the embodied process of predictive eye movements remain to be clarified, current evidence strongly suggests that the motor system plays a causal role in guiding predictive gaze shifts that focus on another person's future goal. The early emergence of the predictive gaze in infant development underlines its importance for social cognition and interaction.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 5, 591-598 p.
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action, performance, development: infant, neuroscience, social cognition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265626DOI: 10.1177/1745691615589103ISI: 000361609100003PubMedID: 26385998OAI: diva2:866999
EU, European Research Council, CACTUS 312292Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2012.0120Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Research Council FormasVINNOVA, 259 - 2012-24
Available from: 2015-11-04 Created: 2015-11-02 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved

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