Motor cognition--motor semantics: Action perception theory of cognition and communication: Action perception theory of cognition and communication

Friedemann Pulvermüller*, Rachel L. Moseley, Natalia Egorova, Zubaida Shebani, Véronique Boulenger

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A new perspective on cognition views cortical cell assemblies linking together knowledge about actions and perceptions not only as the vehicles of integrated action and perception processing but, furthermore, as a brain basis for a wide range of higher cortical functions, including attention, meaning and concepts, sequences, goals and intentions, and even communicative social interaction. This article explains mechanisms relevant to mechanistic action perception theory, points to concrete neuronal circuits in brains along with artificial neuronal network simulations, and summarizes recent brain imaging and other experimental data documenting the role of action perception circuits in cognition, language and communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Action
  • Action perception circuit
  • Cell assembly
  • Language
  • Meaning
  • Mirror neuron
  • Perception
  • Pragmatics
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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