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Perceiving biological motion: dissociating visible speech from walking.

Santi, A; Servos, P; Vatikiotis-Bateson, E; Kuratate, T; Munhall, K; (2003) Perceiving biological motion: dissociating visible speech from walking. J Cogn Neurosci , 15 (6) pp. 800-809. 10.1162/089892903322370726.

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Abstract

Neuropsychological research suggests that the neural system underlying visible speech on the basis of kinematics is distinct from the system underlying visible speech of static images of the face and identifying whole-body actions from kinematics alone. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to identify the neural systems underlying point-light visible speech, as well as perception of a walking/jumping point-light body, to determine if they are independent. Although both point-light stimuli produced overlapping activation in the right middle occipital gyrus encompassing area KO and the right inferior temporal gyrus, they also activated distinct areas. Perception of walking biological motion activated a medial occipital area along the lingual gyrus close to the cuneus border, and the ventromedial frontal cortex, neither of which was activated by visible speech biological motion. In contrast, perception of visible speech biological motion activated right V5 and a network of motor-related areas (Broca's area, PM, M1, and supplementary motor area (SMA)), none of which were activated by walking biological motion. Many of the areas activated by seeing visible speech biological motion are similar to those activated while speech-reading from an actual face, with the exception of M1 and medial SMA. The motor-related areas found to be active during point-light visible speech are consistent with recent work characterizing the human "mirror" system (Rizzolatti, Fadiga, Gallese, & Fogassi, 1996).

Type: Article
Title: Perceiving biological motion: dissociating visible speech from walking.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1162/089892903322370726
Keywords: Adult, Biomechanical Phenomena, Brain Mapping, Female, Humans, Light, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Motion, Motion Perception, Motor Cortex, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Photic Stimulation, Speech, Speech Perception, Walking
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Linguistics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1336198
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