Observing and learning complex actions: on the example of guitar playing

Gardner, T. and Cross, E. S. (2017) Observing and learning complex actions: on the example of guitar playing. In: Müller, B., Wolf, S.I., Brueggemann, G.-P., Deng, Z., McIntosh, A., Miller, F. and Selbie, W.S. (eds.) Handbook of Human Motion. Springer. ISBN 9783319308081 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30808-1_191-1)

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With very little effort or thought, we can understand the goals and intentions of other people we encounter in our daily lives through watching their movements. In this chapter, we discuss the action observation network (AON ), which is thought to be a key player in linking action perception, production, and understanding. We focus on two prominent theories of AON function and detail how different kinds of experience (namely, physical and visual experience) shape AON engagement. We then highlight work done by our laboratory and others that uses complex guitar and dance training paradigms to trace the emergence of experience-dependent plasticity in the human brain and behavior. This work highlights common and distinct neural signatures of visual and visuomotor learning and how such training paradigms can help to adjudicate between competing theories of AON function. The use of cutting edge methodological techniques is also evaluated, and we conclude with some considerations of implications for musicians and dancers and future directions for this research.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cross, Professor Emily
Authors: Gardner, T., and Cross, E. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Published Online:03 February 2017

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