Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 173, Issue 3, pp 507–513

Effect of learning on imitation of new actions: implications for a memory model

  • Alessia Tessari
  • Daša Bosanac
  • Raffaella Ida Rumiati
Research Article

Abstract

The effects of learning on strategy selection in the context of action imitation have been investigated in two experiments conducted with healthy individuals. It was predicted that, once learnt, meaningless actions are processed by the cognitive system as meaningful and this new representational status might influence the process selection in action imitation. Results showed that not only were learnt meaningless actions processed in the same way as known, meaningful actions, but that they were imitated even better, probably due to their being represented only once in the episodic, long-term memory system. Our findings are interpreted in the light of a multiple route model for action imitation.

Keywords

Imitation Actions Semantic memory Episodic memory 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessia Tessari
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daša Bosanac
    • 3
  • Raffaella Ida Rumiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Settore di Neuroscienze CognitiveScuola Internazionale Superiore di studi AvanzatiTriesteItaly
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

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