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This speakers' series brings leading international experts on social cognition to the University of Cologne.

Marcel Brass

Imitation 2.0

Motor Resonance of Multiple Agents and Socially Inappropriate Behavior

Marcel Brass
Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

Nov 20, 2017 | 3:45 pm
Venue: S 100 | IBW


Numerous behavioral studies have demonstrated that the observation of an action leads to an automatic tendency to imitate the observed behavior. Such 'automatic imitation' effects have been investigated using interference tasks and social imitation tasks. Interestingly, the question how observing multiple agents affects automatic imitation has been widely neglected. Furthermore, it is an open question whether the communicative content of the observed behavior matters for automatic imitation. I will report recent studies investigating whether we can represent multiple observed actions in parallel in our motor system. Furthermore, I will report a study where we tested automatic imitation for socially inappropriate behavior.

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