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  1. Action Understanding Promoted by Interoception in Children: A Developmental Model.Hui Zhou, Qiyang Gao, Wei Chen & Qiaobo Wei - 2022 - Frontiers in Psychology 13.
    Action understanding of children develops from simple associative learning to mentalizing. With the rise of embodied cognition, the role of interoception in action observation and action understanding has received more attention. From a developmental perspective, this study proposes a novel developmental model that explores how interoception promotes action understanding of children across ages. In early infancy, most actions observed in infants come from interactions with their caregivers. Babies learn about action effects through automatic interoceptive processing and interoceptive feedback. Interoception in (...)
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  • Prospects for direct social perception: a multi-theoretical integration to further the science of social cognition.Travis J. Wiltshire, Emilio J. C. Lobato, Daniel S. McConnell & Stephen M. Fiore - 2014 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8.
  • Neonatal Imitation: Theory, Experimental Design, and Significance for the Field of Social Cognition.Stefano Vincini, Yuna Jhang, Eugene H. Buder & Shaun Gallagher - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
  • Association but not Recognition: an Alternative Model for Differential Imitation from 0 to 2 Months.Stefano Vincini & Yuna Jhang - 2018 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9 (2):395-427.
    Skepticism toward the existence of neonatal differential imitation is fostered by views that assign it an excessive significance, making it foundational for social cognition. Moreover, a misleading theoretical framework may generate unwarranted expectations about the kinds of findings experimentalists are supposed to look for. Hence we propose a theoretical analysis that may help experimentalists address the empirical question of whether early differential imitation really exists. We distinguish three models of early imitation. The first posits automatic visuo-motor links evolved for sociocognitive (...)
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  • Cognitive Twists: The Coevolution of Learning and Genes in Human Cognition.Antonella Tramacere & Fabrizio Mafessoni - forthcoming - Review of Philosophy and Psychology:1-29.
    In this paper, we propose the expression cognitive twists for cognitive mechanisms that result from the coevolution of genes and learning. Evidence is available that at least some cultural learning mechanisms, such as imitation and language, have evolved genetically under the pressure produced by culture, even though they are mostly acquired through domain-general learning during development. Although the existence of these mechanisms is consistent with evolutionary theory, their importance has not been sufficiently emphasized by mind-centered accounts of human cognitive evolution, (...)
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  • Brain asymmetry in the white matter making and globularity.Constantina Theofanopoulou - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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  • Mu-desynchronization, N400 and corticospinal excitability during observation of natural and anatomically unnatural finger movements.Nikolay Syrov, Dimitri Bredikhin, Lev Yakovlev, Andrei Miroshnikov & Alexander Kaplan - 2022 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 16.
    The action observation networks are the neural underpinnings of visuomotor integration and play an important role in motor control. Besides, one of the main functions of the human mirror neuron system is recognition of observed actions and the prediction of its outcome through the comparison with the internal mental motor representation. Previous studies focused on the human mirror neurons activation during object-oriented movements observation, therefore intransitive movements observation effects on MNs activity remains relatively little-studied. Moreover, the dependence of MNs activation (...)
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  • Human infants’ understanding of social imitation: Inferences of affiliation from third party observations.Lindsey J. Powell & Elizabeth S. Spelke - 2018 - Cognition 170 (C):31-48.
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  • No evidence for a common self-bias across cognitive domains.Annabel D. Nijhof, Kimron L. Shapiro, Caroline Catmur & Geoffrey Bird - 2020 - Cognition 197 (C):104186.
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  • What are cognitive processes? An example-based approach.Albert Newen - 2017 - Synthese 194 (11):4251-4268.
    The question “What are cognitive processes?” can be understood variously as meaning “What is the nature of cognitive processes?”, “Can we distinguish epistemically cognitive processes from physical and biochemical processes on the one hand, and from mental or conscious processes on the other?”, and “Can we establish a fruitful notion of cognitive process?” The present aim is to deliver a positive answer to the last question by developing criteria for what would count as a paradigmatic exemplar of a cognitive process, (...)
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  • Domain-specific and domain-general processes in social perception – A complementary approach.John Michael & Alessandro D’Ausilio - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:434-437.
    In this brief discussion, we explicate and evaluate Heyes and colleagues’ deflationary approach to interpreting apparent evidence of domain-specific processes for social percep- tion. We argue that the deflationary approach sheds important light on how functionally specific processes in social perception can be subserved at least in part by domain-general processes. On the other hand, we also argue that the fruitfulness of this approach has been unnecessarily hampered by a contrastive conception of the relationship between domain- general and domain-specific processes. (...)
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  • More Thumbs Than Rules: Is Rationality an Exaptation?Antonio Mastrogiorgio, Teppo Felin, Stuart Kauffman & Mariano Mastrogiorgio - 2022 - Frontiers in Psychology 13.
    The literatures on bounded and ecological rationality are built on adaptationism—and its associated modular, cognitivist and computational paradigm—that does not address or explain the evolutionary origins of rationality. We argue that the adaptive mechanisms of evolution are not sufficient for explaining human rationality, and we posit that human rationality presents exaptive origins, where exaptations are traits evolved for other functions or no function at all, and later co-opted for new uses. We propose an embodied reconceptualization of rationality—embodied rationality—based on the (...)
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  • Holding Biological Motion in Working Memory: An fMRI Study.Xiqian Lu, Jian Huang, Yuji Yi, Mowei Shen, Xuchu Weng & Zaifeng Gao - 2016 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10.
  • Method and Evidence: Gesture and Iconicity in the Evolution of Language.Elizabeth Irvine - 2016 - Mind and Language 31 (2):221-247.
    The aim of this article is to mount a challenge to gesture-first hypotheses about the evolution of language by identifying constraints on the emergence of symbol use. Current debates focus on a range of pre-conditions for the emergence of language, including co-operation and related mentalising capacities, imitation and tool use, episodic memory, and vocal physiology, but little specifically on the ability to learn and understand symbols. It is argued here that such a focus raises new questions about the plausibility of (...)
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  • Visual Neuropsychology in Development: Anatomo-Functional Brain Mechanisms of Action/Perception Binding in Health and Disease.Silvio Ionta - 2021 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 15.
    Vision is the main entrance for environmental input to the human brain. Even if vision is our most used sensory modality, its importance is not limited to environmental exploration. Rather it has strong links to motor competences, further extending to cognitive and social aspects of human life. These multifaceted relationships are particularly important in developmental age and become dramatically evident in presence of complex deficits originating from visual aberrancies. The present review summarizes the available neuropsychological evidence on the development of (...)
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  • Observation and imitation of actions performed by humans, androids, and robots: an EMG study.Galit Hofree, Burcu A. Urgen, Piotr Winkielman & Ayse P. Saygin - 2015 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9.
  • Cognition blindness and cognitive gadgets.Cecilia Heyes - 2019 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42.
    Responding to commentaries from psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, and anthropologists, I clarify a central purpose of Cognitive Gadgets – to overcome “cognition blindness” in research on human evolution. I defend this purpose against Brunerian, extended mind, and niche construction critiques of computationalism – that is, views prioritising meaning over information, or asserting that behaviour and objects can be intrinsic parts of a thinking process. I argue that empirical evidence from cognitive science is needed to locate distinctively human cognitive mechanisms on the (...)
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  • A direct test of the similarity assumption — Focusing on differences as compared with similarities decreases automatic imitation.Oliver Genschow, Emiel Cracco, Pieter Verbeke, Mareike Westfal & Jan Crusius - 2021 - Cognition 215 (C):104824.
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  • The future of social cognition: paradigms, concepts and experiments.Nivedita Gangopadhyay - 2017 - Synthese 194 (3):655-672.
    Since the publication of Premack and Woodruff’s classic paper introducing the notion of a ‘theory of mind’ :515–526, 1978), interdisciplinary research in social cognition has witnessed the development of theory–theory, simulation theory, hybrid approaches, and most recently interactionist and perceptual accounts of other minds. The challenges that these various approaches present for each other and for research in social cognition range from adequately defining central concepts to designing experimental paradigms for testing empirical hypotheses. But is there any approach that promises (...)
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  • How passive is passive listening? Toward a sensorimotor theory of auditory perception.Tom Froese & Ximena González-Grandón - 2020 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 19 (4):619-651.
    According to sensorimotor theory perceiving is a bodily skill involving exercise of an implicit know-how of the systematic ways that sensations change as a result of potential movements, that is, of sensorimotor contingencies. The theory has been most successfully applied to vision and touch, while perceptual modalities that rely less on overt exploration of the environment have not received as much attention. In addition, most research has focused on philosophically grounding the theory and on psychologically elucidating sensorimotor laws, but the (...)
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  • Motion, identity and the bias toward agency.Chris Fields - 2014 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8.
  • Through the forest of motor representations.Gabriele Ferretti - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 43:177-196.
  • Pictures, Emotions, and the Dorsal/Ventral Account of Picture Perception.Gabriele Ferretti - 2017 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8 (3):595-616.
    Everyday life suggests that picture seeing is sometimes infused by an emotional charge. However, nobody has addressed the importance of explaining this emotional charge in picture perception. Even our best model of picture perception, the dorsal/ventral account of picture perception, which integrates the most important empirical results coming from our best model on vision in neuroscience, the two visual systems model, lacks a reference to this emotional charge. The aim of the present paper is to offer an account of picture (...)
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  • Mirror neurons through the lens of epigenetics.Pier F. Ferrari, Antonella Tramacere, Elizabeth A. Simpson & Atsushi Iriki - 2013 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (9):450-457.
  • The functions of imitative behaviour in humans.Harry Farmer, Anna Ciaunica & Antonia F. De C. Hamilton - 2018 - Mind and Language 33 (4):378-396.
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  • Neurophenomenology and Intersubjectivity: An Interdisciplinary Approach.Mirko Di Bernardo - 2022 - Axiomathes 32 (2):95-111.
    The article aims to provide the main conceptual coordinates in order to fully understand the state of the art of the most recent research in the field of neurobiology of interpersonal experience. The main purpose of this work is to analyze, at an anthropological, phenomenological and epistemological level, how the fundamental characteristics of the recognition of otherness and intercorporeity among human beings contribute to changing the image of nature in the light of a possible new relationship between living bodies, neurophysiological (...)
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  • Linguistic Meaning Meets Linguistic Form in Action.Nara Miranda de Figueiredo & Elena Clare Cuffari - 2022 - Manuscrito 45 (1):56-79.
    In this paper we suggest that Duffley’s sign-based semantics rests on two main claims: a methodological one and an ontological one. The methodological one is the analysis of corpora and the ontological one is the postulate of mental content. By adopting a linguistic enactivist perspective with a Wittgensteinian twist, we endorse Duffley’s methodological claim and suggest that a sign-based semantics doesn’t have to rely on mental content if it takes into account the conception of meaningful material engagement in cognitive archeology (...)
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  • Social Support and Cognition: A Systematic Review.Stefanella Costa-Cordella, Camilo Arevalo-Romero, Francisco J. Parada & Alejandra Rossi - 2021 - Frontiers in Psychology 12.
    Although the influence of social support in health is a widely acknowledged factor, there is a significant gap in the understanding of its role on cognition. The purpose of this systematic review was, therefore, to determine the state-of-the-art on the literature testing the association between social support and cognition. Using six databases, we identified 22 articles published between 1999 and 2019 involving an empirical quantitative focus which meet the inclusion criteria. Data extraction was performed following PRISMA recommendations. To summarize the (...)
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  • Understanding intentions from actions: Direct perception, inference, and the roles of mirror and mentalizing systems.Caroline Catmur - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:426-433.
  • Sensorimotor training alters action understanding.Caroline Catmur, Emma L. Thompson, Orianna Bairaktari, Frida Lind & Geoffrey Bird - 2018 - Cognition 171:10-14.
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  • Cultural Differences in Perceiving Sounds Generated by Others: Self Matters.Liyu Cao & Joachim Gross - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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  • Learning to Expect: Predicting Sounds During Movement Is Related to Sensorimotor Association During Listening.Jed D. Burgess, Brendan P. Major, Claire McNeel, Gillian M. Clark, Jarrad A. G. Lum & Peter G. Enticott - 2019 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 13.
  • A transcranial magnetic stimulation study of the effect of visual orientation on the putative human mirror neuron system.Jed D. Burgess, Sara L. Arnold, Bernadette M. Fitzgibbon, Paul B. Fitzgerald & Peter G. Enticott - 2013 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7.
  • Is cultural evolution always fast? Challenging the idea that cognitive gadgets would be capable of rapid and adaptive evolution.Rachael L. Brown - 2021 - Synthese 199 (3-4):8965-8989.
    Against the background of “arms race” style competitive explanations for complex human cognition, such as the Social Intelligence Hypothesis Growing points in ethology, Cambridge University Press, pp 303–317, 1976; Jolly in Science, 10.1126/science.153.3735.501, 1966), and theories that tie complex cognition with environmental variability more broadly The evolution of intelligence, Lawrence Earlbaum and Associates, 2001), the idea that culturally inherited mechanisms for social cognition would be more capable of responding to the labile social environment is a compelling one. Whilst it is (...)
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  • Infants’ motor simulation of observed actions is modulated by the visibility of the actor’s body.Ty W. Boyer, Samuel M. Harding & Bennett I. Bertenthal - 2017 - Cognition 164 (C):107-115.
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  • From the “coding metaphor” to a theory of representation.Jonathan Birch & Joulia Smortchkova - 2019 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42.
    Brette highlights a conceptual problem in contemporary neuroscience: Loose talk of “coding” sometimes leads to a conflation of the distinction between representing and merely detecting a property. The solution is to replace casual talk of “coding” with an explicit, demanding set of conditions for neural representation. Various theories of this general type can be found in the philosophical literature.
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  • The intrahemispheric functional properties of the developing sensorimotor cortex are influenced by maturation.Marika Berchicci, Gabriella Tamburro & Silvia Comani - 2015 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9.
  • The Emotional Mind: the affective roots of culture and cognition.Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel - 2019 - Harvard University Press.
    Tracing the leading role of emotions in the evolution of the mind, a philosopher and a psychologist pair up to reveal how thought and culture owe less to our faculty for reason than to our capacity to feel. Many accounts of the human mind concentrate on the brain’s computational power. Yet, in evolutionary terms, rational cognition emerged only the day before yesterday. For nearly 200 million years before humans developed a capacity to reason, the emotional centers of the brain were (...)
  • Mirroring, mindreading and smart behaviour-reading.Emma Borg - unknown
    This paper examines the claim that mirror neuron activity is the mechanism by which we come to know about the action-related intentions of others, i.e. that they are a mechanism for ‘mindreading’. I agree with recent authors who reject this view but nevertheless I argue that mirror neurons may still have a role to play in the ways in which we understand one another. If we adopt a certain kind of pluralism about social cognition then the mirror neuron system could (...)
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  • The ontogeny of action anticipation: processing of goals and movements in development.Kerstin Ganglmayer - 2020 - Dissertation, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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  • Music and the Evolution of Embodied Cognition.Stephen Asma - forthcoming - In M. Clasen J. Carroll (ed.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Imaginative Culture. pp. pp 163-181.
    Music is a universal human activity. Its evolution and its value as a cognitive resource are starting to come into focus. This chapter endeavors to give readers a clearer sense of the adaptive aspects of music, as well as the underlying cognitive and neural structures. Special attention is given to the important emotional dimensions of music, and an evolutionary argument is made for thinking of music as a prelinguistic embodied form of cognition—a form that is still available to us as (...)
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  • Beauty and its role in fostering economic growth and social development.Baggio Rodolfo, Moretti Vincenco & Fuchs Matthias - unknown
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