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Separate areas for mirror responses and agency within the parietal operculum

Agnew, Z; Wise, RJS; (2008) Separate areas for mirror responses and agency within the parietal operculum. The Journal of Neuroscience , 28 , Article 47. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2836-08.2008. Green open access

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Abstract

There is common neural activity in parietal and premotor cortex when executing and observing goal-directed movements: the “mirror” response. In addition, active and passive limb movements cause overlapping activity in premotor and somatosensory cortex. This association of motor and sensory activity cannot ascribe agency, the ability to discriminate between self- and non-self-generated events. This requires that some signals accompanying self-initiated limb movement dissociate from those evoked by observing the action of another or by movement imposed on oneself by external force. We demonstrated associated activity within the medial parietal operculum in response to feedforward visual or somatosensory information accompanying observed and imposed finger movements. In contrast, the response to motor and somatosensory information during self-initiated finger and observed movements resulted in activity localized to the lateral parietal operculum. This ascribes separate functions to medial and lateral second-order somatosensory cortex, anatomically dissociating the agent and the mirror response, demonstrating how executed and observed events are distinguished despite common activity in widespread sensorimotor cortices.

Type: Article
Title: Separate areas for mirror responses and agency within the parietal operculum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2836-08.2008
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2836-08.2008
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/49837
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