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Toward a Unified Social Motor Cognition Theory of Understanding Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia
Kuang, Shenbing
2016-05-31
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE
ISSN1662-5161
SubtypeArticle
Volume10
AbstractMirror-touch synaesthesia (MTS) is a conscious tactile sensation in the observer when watching somebody else being touched. Two disparate theories have been suggested to explain MTS. The threshold theory links MIS to hyper-activity in the parietal-frontal mirror neuron system, while the self-other theory attributes MIS to impaired self-other representations in temporal parietal junction (TPJ) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Here, I propose that these two theories can be synthesized under a unified social motor cognition theory which states that action observation engages two complementary levels of cognitive processing: a lower-level, physical process regarding basic sensory-motor aspects of the action, which supports motor imitation and goal understanding, and an abstract mental level concerning attribution of mental states, which supports interring others' minds and self-other distinctions. While the physical process preferentially recruits the mirror neuron system, the mental process depends critically on the mentalizing network comprised of TPJ and mPFC. Importantly, despite of these anatomical and functional dissimilarities, the mirroring and mentalizing processes involve shared predictive coding, which is a general computational principle for a wide range of prominent concepts in motor cognition.
KeywordMirror-touch Synaesthsia Mirror Neuron System Mentalizing System Social Motor Cognition Predictive Coding Common Coding Theory
DOI10.3389/fnhum.2016.00246
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationScientific Foundation of Institute of Psychology Chinese Academy of Sciences(NoN3CX112005)
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectNeurosciences ; Psychology
WOS IDWOS:000376841400001
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Social Sciences ; Life Sciences & Biomedicine
WOS KeywordPARIETAL CORTEX ; NEURON SYSTEM ; MECHANISMS ; SIMULATION ; PREDICTION ; INDUCTION ; MIND
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/19999
Collection脑与认知科学国家重点实验室
AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Kuang, Shenbing. Toward a Unified Social Motor Cognition Theory of Understanding Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia[J]. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE,2016,10.
APA Kuang, Shenbing.(2016).Toward a Unified Social Motor Cognition Theory of Understanding Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia.FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE,10.
MLA Kuang, Shenbing."Toward a Unified Social Motor Cognition Theory of Understanding Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia".FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE 10(2016).
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