Neural Representation of Kinematic Laws of Motion

Posted 17 Dec 2007 at 17:33 UTC by steve Share This

A new MRI study from the The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggests that the brain has built-in support for kinematic motion laws not just in the areas that produce motion but also in the areas that perceive visual motion and observe action. This is important because, "humans can easily perceive and infer emotions and intentions from the movements and actions of other individuals". In effect, the researchers found that the brain is "optimally tuned" to perceive kinematic and geometrical motions of the type produced by biological organisms. For all the details, read the study, titled "Neural Representations of Kinematic Laws of Motion: Evidence for action-perception coupling" (PDF format). Understanding the kinematic and perceptual principles involved could be helpful in making robot better able to interact with humans and other biological organisms.

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