August 2014
Volume 14, Issue 10
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Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2014
On seeing intentions in others' movements
Author Affiliations
  • Cristina Becchio
    Centre for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy; Department of Robotics, Brain, and Cognitive Science, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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Journal of Vision August 2014, Vol.14, 1468. doi:10.1167/14.10.1468
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      Cristina Becchio; On seeing intentions in others' movements. Journal of Vision 2014;14(10):1468. doi: 10.1167/14.10.1468.

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Abstract

Starting from Descartes, philosophers, psychologists, and more recently neuroscientists, have often emphasized the idea that intentions are not things that can be seen. They are mental states and perception cannot be smart enough to reach the mental states that are hidden away (imperceptible) in the other person’s mind. Based on this assumption, standard theories of social cognition have mainly focused the contribution of higher-level cognition to intention understanding. Only recently, it has been recognized that intentions are deeply rooted in the actions of interacting agents. In this talk, I present findings from a new line of research showing that intentions translate into differential kinematic patterns. Observers are especially attuned to kinematic information and can use early differences in visual kinematics to anticipate what another person will do next. This ability is crucial not only for interpreting the actions of individual agents, but also to predict how, in the context of a social interaction between two agents, the actions of one agent relate to the actions of a second agent.

Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2014

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