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Object words modulate the activity of the mirror neuron system during action imitation
Haiyan Wu1,2,3; Honghong Tang3,4; Yue Ge3,5; Suyong Yang6; Xiaoqin Mai7; Yue-Jia Luo8; Chao Liu3,9,10
First AuthorHaiyan Wu
2017-11
Source PublicationBRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
Correspondent Emailliuchao@bnu.edu.cn
ISSN2162-3279
SubtypeArticle
Volume7Issue:11Pages:1-13
Abstract

BackgroundAlthough research has demonstrated that the mirror neuron system (MNS) plays a crucial role in both action imitation and action-related semantic processing, whether action-related words can inversely modulate the MNS activity remains unclear. 

MethodsHere, three types of task-irrelevant words (body parts, verbs, and manufactured objects) were presented to examine the modulation effect of these words on the MNS activity during action observation and imitation. Twenty-two participants were recruited for the fMRI scanning and remaining data from 19 subjects were reported here. 

ResultsBrain activity results showed that word types elicited different modulation effects over nodes of the MNS (i.e., the right inferior frontal gyrus, premotor cortex, inferior parietal lobule, and STS), especially during the imitation stage. Compared with other word conditions, action imitation following manufactured objects words induced stronger activation in these brain regions during the imitation stage. These results were consistent in both task-dependent and -independent ROI analysis. 

ConclusionOur findings thus provide evidence for the unique effect of object words on the MNS during imitation of action, which may also confirm the key role of goal inference in action imitation.

KeywordAction Words Fmri Imitation Mirror Neuron Objects
DOI10.1002/brb3.840
Indexed BySCIE
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/26546
Collection社会与工程心理学研究室
Affiliation1.CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Beijing, China
2.Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
3.State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning & IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
4.School of Economics and Business Administration, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
5.Beijing Institution of Biomedicine, Beijing, China
6.Key Laboratory of Exercise and Health Sciences of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China
7.Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
8.Institute of Affective and Social Neuroscience, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
9.Center for Collaboration and Innovation in Brain and Learning Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
10.Beijing Key Laboratory of Brain Imaging and Connectomics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
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Haiyan Wu,Honghong Tang,Yue Ge,et al. Object words modulate the activity of the mirror neuron system during action imitation[J]. BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR,2017,7(11):1-13.
APA Haiyan Wu.,Honghong Tang.,Yue Ge.,Suyong Yang.,Xiaoqin Mai.,...&Chao Liu.(2017).Object words modulate the activity of the mirror neuron system during action imitation.BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR,7(11),1-13.
MLA Haiyan Wu,et al."Object words modulate the activity of the mirror neuron system during action imitation".BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR 7.11(2017):1-13.
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