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Implicit priming of embodied cognition on human motor intention understanding in dyads in love

Published inJournal of social and personal relationships, vol. 27, no. 7, p. 1001-1015
Publication date2010

Recent theories of embodied cognition suggest that congruence between observed actions and integrated templates of self-related motor experiences facilitates intention understanding of significant others. We tested this hypothesis in 60 participants using response latency measures and a motor intention inference task, which involved video clips of actions performed either by themselves, their beloved partner, or by acquaintances or strangers (as controls). Results show significantly faster reaction times when participants had to understand the intentions of themselves and their significant others,especially if they reported being passionately in love with their significant others. These findings provide an account for facilitation effects of embodied cognition on intention understanding among dyads in love.

  • Embodied cognition
  • Love
  • Dyads
  • Intention understanding
  • Mirror neuron system
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ORTIGUE, Stéphanie et al. Implicit priming of embodied cognition on human motor intention understanding in dyads in love. In: Journal of social and personal relationships, 2010, vol. 27, n° 7, p. 1001–1015. doi: 10.1177/0265407510378861
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