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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (8) : 1138-1146     DOI:
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Ideomotor Theory: The Connotation and Evidences
SUN Yue;CHEN Wei;DING Jun
(1Department of Psychology, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310018, China)
(2Department of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
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Abstract  There are two kinds of human beings’ daily actions. One is a kind of reaction to external stimuli in a bottom-up mode, which could also be called sensorimotor mode; the other is that the presentation of action was intention-based and driven by intention in people’s mind, and actions were executed in a top-down mode for specific effects or goals, which could also be called ideomotor mode. Ideomotor theory has been through a long evolution. Lots of behavioral and neuroscience evidence found in the general action imitation and general action research has already proved the hypothesis of ideomotor theory and the two mechanisms of it(common coding and mirror neurons). Ideomotor theory is significant in linking up perception and action, according to which the researchers put forward some new perspectives in this area, including the shared circuits model(SCM). Besides, ideomotor theory also stressed the important position of goal and anticipation. It suggested that future studies should provide findings that the path between action and perception and proximal effects of action.
Keywords ideomotor      sensorimotor      action imitation      common coding      mirror neurons     
Corresponding Authors: CHEN Wei   
Issue Date: 15 August 2011
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SUN Yue,CHEN Wei,DING Jun. Ideomotor Theory: The Connotation and Evidences[J]. , 2011, 19(8): 1138-1146.
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