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dc.contributor.author Patel, Deevia
dc.contributor.author Flemming, Steve M.
dc.contributor.author Kilner, James M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-05T18:00:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-05T18:00:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-03
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.q0k1m
dc.identifier.citation Patel D, Flemming SM, Kilner JM (2012) Inferring subjective states through the observation of actions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1748): 4853-4860.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.42378
dc.description Estimating another person’s subjective confidence is crucial for social interaction, but how this inference is achieved is unknown. Previous research has demonstrated that the speed at which people make decisions is correlated with their confidence in their decision. Here we show that 1) subjects’ are able to infer the subjective confidence of another person simply through the observation of their actions and 2) this inference is dependent upon the performance of each subject when executing the action. Crucially, the latter result supports a model in which motor simulation of an observed action mediates the successful understanding of other minds. We conclude that kinematic understanding allows access to the higher-order cognitive processes of others, and that this access plays a central role in social interactions.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.q0k1m/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1847
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:23034708
dc.subject Inference
dc.subject Confidence
dc.subject Social
dc.subject Mirror neurons
dc.subject Action observation
dc.subject Human
dc.title Data from: Inferring subjective states through the observation of actions
dc.type Article *
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Kilner, James M.
prism.publicationName Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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