Journal article

Intentionally not imitating: Insula cortex engaged for top-down control of action mirroring

Megan EJ Campbell, Steve Mehrkanoon, Ross Cunnington

NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Perception and action are inextricably linked, down to the level of single cells which have both visual and motor response properties - dubbed 'mirror neurons'. The mirror neuron system is generally associated with direct-matching or resonance between observed and executed actions (and goals). Yet in everyday interactions responding to another's movements with matching actions (or goals) is not always appropriate. Here we examine processes associated with intentionally not imitating, as separable from merely detecting an observed action as mismatching one's own. Using fMRI, we test how matched and mismatched stimulus-response mapping for actions is modulated depending on task-relevance. Part..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative Science of Learning Research Centre


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative (SR12030015) Science of Learning Research Centre. The first author received an Australian Postgraduate Award. The authors gratefully acknowledge the technical expertise and support of Dr David Lloyd (The Queensland Brain Institute) and Mr Aiman Al Najjar (Human Imaging Manager at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland). Special thanks is given to Dr. Chase Sherwell for generously spending his time discussing and revising this work.