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Simulating biological and non-biological motion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17681411     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is widely accepted that the brain processes biological and non-biological movements in distinct neural circuits. Biological motion, in contrast to non-biological motion, refers to active movements of living beings. Aim of our experiment was to investigate the mechanisms underlying mental simulation of these two movement types. Subjects had to either simulate mentally or to overtly reproduce previously executed or observed movements. Healthy subjects showed a very high timing precision when simulating biological and a strong distortion when simulating non-biological movements. Schizophrenic subjects, however, showed the opposite. Since overt reproduction was precise in any case, this double dissociation shows that processes underlying mental simulation of biological and non-biological movements are separate from each other and from perceptual and motor-control processes.
Angela Bruzzo; Benno Gesierich; Andreas Wohlschläger
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain and cognition     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0278-2626     ISO Abbreviation:  Brain Cogn     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-04     Completed Date:  2008-05-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218014     Medline TA:  Brain Cogn     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, viale Carlo Berti Pichat, 5, 40127 Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Imitative Behavior / physiology*
Matched-Pair Analysis
Motion Perception / physiology*
Pattern Recognition, Physiological
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Reaction Time / physiology*
Reference Values
Schizophrenia, Paranoid / physiopathology*
Schizophrenic Psychology

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