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Mental Simulation and Motor Imagery

Gregory Currie and Ian Ravenscroft
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 64, No. 1 (Mar., 1997), pp. 161-180
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/188375
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Mental Simulation and Motor Imagery
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Abstract

Motor imagery typically involves an experience as of moving a body part. Recent studies reveal close parallels between the constraints on motor imagery and those on actual motor performance. How are these parallels to be explained? We advance a simulative theory of motor imagery, modeled on the idea that we predict and explain the decisions of others by simulating their decision-making processes. By proposing that motor imagery is essentially off-line motor action, we explain the tendency of motor imagery to mimic motor performance. We close by arguing that a simulative theory of motor imagery gives (modest) support to and illumination of the simulative theory of decision-prediction.

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