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Embodied spatial transformations: "body analogy" for the mental rotation of objects.
J Exp Psychol Gen. 2006 Aug; 135(3):327-47.JE

Abstract

The cognitive advantage of imagined spatial transformations of the human body over that of more unfamiliar objects (e.g., Shepard-Metzler [S-M] cubes) is an issue for validating motor theories of visual perception. In 6 experiments, the authors show that providing S-M cubes with body characteristics (e.g., by adding a head to S-M cubes to evoke a posture) facilitates the mapping of the cognitive coordinate system of one's body onto the abstract shape. In turn, this spatial embodiment improves object shape matching. Thanks to the increased cohesiveness of human posture in people's body schema, imagined transformations of the body operate in a less piecemeal fashion as compared with objects (S-M cubes or swing-arm desk lamps) under a similar spatial configuration, provided that the pose can be embodied. If the pose cannot be emulated (covert imitation) by the sensorimotor system, the facilitation due to motoric embodiment will also be disrupted.

Authors+Show Affiliations

UPRES EA 4042 "Controle Moteur et Perception", Universite Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France. michelange.amorim@staps.u-psud.frNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16846268

Citation

Amorim, Michel-Ange, et al. "Embodied Spatial Transformations: "body Analogy" for the Mental Rotation of Objects." Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, vol. 135, no. 3, 2006, pp. 327-47.
Amorim MA, Isableu B, Jarraya M. Embodied spatial transformations: "body analogy" for the mental rotation of objects. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2006;135(3):327-47.
Amorim, M. A., Isableu, B., & Jarraya, M. (2006). Embodied spatial transformations: "body analogy" for the mental rotation of objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 135(3), 327-47.
Amorim MA, Isableu B, Jarraya M. Embodied Spatial Transformations: "body Analogy" for the Mental Rotation of Objects. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2006;135(3):327-47. PubMed PMID: 16846268.
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