Barchiesi, Guido (2012) Motor Resonance meets Motor Performance: Neurocognitive investigations with transcranial magnetic stimulation. PhD thesis, University of Trento.
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The classical mirror neuron theory of action understanding asserts that when we observe an action, the representations that are engaged for performing it, are automatically activated. In order to do gain information about the role of the simulation in action understanding a state dependent TMS experiment has been carried out. The fundamental idea is to adapt a neural population in the motor system and then testing the effects of this adaptation when participants categorize visually presented actions. The second aim of the present work is to find a paradigm, or a particular cognitive set, that does not allow the simulation process to take place when the participants are observing actions. This step will be important in testing whether the simulation process is necessary in order to understand a visually presented action.
|Item Type:||Doctoral Thesis (PhD)|
|Doctoral School:||Cognitive and Brain Sciences|
|Subjects:||Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-PSI/02 PSICOBIOLOGIA E PSICOLOGIA FISIOLOGICA|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||mirror neurons,simulation, motor resonance, transcranial magnetic stimulation, action understanding, action observation, action performance|
|Repository Staff approval on:||06 Dec 2012 16:07|
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