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Congruent embodied representations for visually presented actions and linguistic phrases describing actions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16979559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The thesis of embodied semantics holds that conceptual representations accessed during linguistic processing are, in part, equivalent to the sensory-motor representations required for the enactment of the concepts described . Here, using fMRI, we tested the hypothesis that areas in human premotor cortex that respond both to the execution and observation of actions-mirror neuron areas -are key neural structures in these processes. Participants observed actions and read phrases relating to foot, hand, or mouth actions. In the premotor cortex of the left hemisphere, a clear congruence was found between effector-specific activations of visually presented actions and of actions described by literal phrases. These results suggest a key role of mirror neuron areas in the re-enactment of sensory-motor representations during conceptual processing of actions invoked by linguistic stimuli.
Authors:
Lisa Aziz-Zadeh; Stephen M Wilson; Giacomo Rizzolatti; Marco Iacoboni
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current biology : CB     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0960-9822     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Biol.     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-18     Completed Date:  2006-10-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107782     Medline TA:  Curr Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1818-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Università di Parma, Via Volturno, 39/E, I-43100 Parma, Italy. lisa.azizzadeh@usc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Brain Mapping*
Cognition / physiology
Female
Humans
Linguistics
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Male
Motor Cortex / anatomy & histology,  physiology*
Photic Stimulation
Reading*
Visual Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
MH63680/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; RR00865/RR/NCRR NIH HHS; RR12169/RR/NCRR NIH HHS; RR13642/RR/NCRR NIH HHS
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Comment In:
Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 19;16(18):R802-4   [PMID:  16979548 ]

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