Please wait a minute...
   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (8) : 1138-1146     DOI:
研究前沿 |
Ideomotor Theory: The Connotation and Evidences
(1Department of Psychology, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310018, China)
(2Department of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
Download: PDF(196 KB)  
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks    
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
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
Cite this article:   
SUN Yue,CHEN Wei,DING Jun. Ideomotor Theory: The Connotation and Evidences[J]. , 2011, 19(8): 1138-1146.
URL:     OR
[1] ZHU Liang, LU Chang, WANG Shuang, ZENG Hong.  Drug addiction memory extinction based on the association between related cues and automatic drug use behavior[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(7): 1139-1144.
[2] YE Haosheng, ZENG Hong, SU Dequan. About the debate of the origin and evolution of mirror neurons[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(5): 713-722.
[3] PAN Wei; CHEN Wei; WANG Yin; SHAN Chun-lei. The myth of broken mirror theory of autism: Origins, problems and prospects[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(6): 958-973.
[4] CHEN Bo; CHEN Wei; ZHANG Jing; YUAN Tifei. Connotations and Extensions of “Mirrorness”: The Controversies on Mirror Neurons[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(3): 405-418.
[5] ZHANG Entao;FANG Jie;LIN Wenyi;LUO Junlong. Embodied Views of Abstract Concepts Representation[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(3): 429-436.
[6] MA Li-Jun;ZHANG Ji-Jia. Do Speech-associated Gesture and Speech Share the Same Communication System?[J]. , 2011, 19(7): 983-992.
[7] WANG Yin;ZANG Yin-Yin;CHEN Wei. From “Chameleon effect” to “Mirror Neurons” and to “Echopraxia”: Human Mimicry Comes from Social Interaction[J]. , 2011, 19(6): 916-924.
[8] LI Liang;LI Nan-Xin. Establishing New Animal Models for Studying Schizophrenia[J]. , 2008, 16(03): 399-403.
Full text



Copyright © Advances in Psychological Science
Support by Beijing Magtech