Is automatic imitation a specialized form of stimulus–response compatibility? Dissociating imitative and spatial compatibilities

Publication year: 2012 Source: Acta Psychologica, Volume 139, Issue 3, March 2012, Pages 440-448 Ty W. Boyer, Matthew R. Longo, Bennett I. Bertenthal In recent years research on automatic imitation has received considerable attention because it represents an experimental platform for investigating a number of interrelated theories suggesting that the perception of action automatically activates corresponding motor programs. A key debate within this research centers on whether automatic imitation is any different than other long-term S–R associations, such as spatial stimulus–response compatibility. One approach to resolving this issue is to examine whether automatic imitation shows similar response characteristics as other classes of stimulus–response compatibility

Publication year: 2012 Source: Acta Psychologica, Volume 139, Issue 3, March 2012, Pages 440-448 Ty W. Boyer, Matthew R. Longo, Bennett I. Bertenthal In recent years research on automatic imitation has received considerable attention because it represents an experimental platform for investigating a number of interrelated theories suggesting that the perception of action automatically activates corresponding motor programs. A key debate within this research centers on whether automatic imitation is any different than other long-term S–R associations, such as spatial stimulus–response compatibility. One approach to resolving this issue is to examine whether automatic imitation shows similar response characteristics as other classes of stimulus–response compatibility

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Is automatic imitation a specialized form of stimulus–response compatibility? Dissociating imitative and spatial compatibilities