Advertisement

Agency and Inter-agency, Action and Joint Action: Theoretical and Neuropsychological Evidence

  • Davide Crivelli
  • Michela Balconi

Abstract

Agency deals with action, self-consciousness, and causality dimensions as a constitutive and pervasive aspect of human experience. The self is not a static entity but most of the time is an acting-self. To be an agent means to be in action and to encounter objects or subjects to interact with.

Keywords

Parietal Cortex Joint Action Causal Power Mirror Neuron Collective Intention 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    van den Bos E, Jeannerod M (2002) Sense of body and sense of action both contribute to self-recognition. Cognition 85:177–187CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Gallagher S (2000) Philosophical conceptions of the self: implications for cognitive science. Trends Cogn Sci 4:14–21CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bandura A (1986) Social foundations of thought and action: a social cognitive theory. Prentice-Hall, Englewood CliffsGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Newen A, Vogeley K (2003) Self-representation: searching for a neural signature of self-consciousness. Conscious Cogn 12:529–543CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Gallagher S, Zahavi D (2009) Phenomenological approaches to self-consciousness. In: Zalta EN (ed) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Spring 2009 ed., http://plato.stanford. edu/archives/spr2009/entries/self-consciousness-phenomenological/Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Searle JR (1990) Collective intentions and actions. In: Cohen PR, Morgan J, Pollak ME (eds) Intentions in Communication. MIT Press, Cambridge, pp 401–415Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Bratman ME (1992) Shared cooperative activity. Philos Rev 101:327–341CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Crivelli D, Balconi M (2009) Trends in social neuroscience: from biological motion to joint actions. Neuropsychol Trends 6:71–93Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Knoblich G, Sebanz N (2006) The social nature of perception and action. Curr Dir Psychol Sci 15:99–104CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    De Jaegher H (2009) Social understanding through direct perception? Yes, by interacting. Conscious Cogn 18:535–542CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Gallagher S (2008) Direct perception in the intersubjective context. Conscious Cogn 17:535–543CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Meltzoff AN, Moore MK (1997) Explaining facial imitation: a theoretical model. Early Dev Parent 6:179–192CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Gallese V, Goldman A (1998) Mirror neurons and the simulation theory of mind-reading. Trends Cogn Sci 2:493–501CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Grèzes J, Decety J (2001) Functional anatomy of execution, mental simulation, observation, and verb generation of actions: a meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp 12:1–19CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Annet J (1996) On knowing how to do things: a theory of motor imagery. Cogn Brain Res 3:65–69CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Meltzoff AN (1999) Origins of theory of mind, cognition and communication. J Commun Disord 32:251–269CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Pacherie E, Dokic J (2006) From mirror neurons to joint actions. Cogn Syst Res 7:101–112CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Sebanz N, Bekkering H, Knoblich G (2006) Joint action: bodies and minds moving together. Trends Cogn Sci 10:70–76CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Blakemore S-J, Decety J (2001) From the perception of action to the understanding of intention. Nat Rev Neurosci 2:561–567PubMedGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Blakemore S-J, Frith CD (2005) The role of motor contagion in the prediction of action. Neuropsychologia 43:260–267CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  21. 21.
    Fadiga L, Craighero L (2004) Electrophysiology of action representation. J Clin Neurophysiol 21:157–169CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Léonard G, Tremblay F (2007) Corticomotor facilitation associated with observation, imagery and imitation of hand actions: a comparative study in young and old adults. Exp Brain Res 177:167–175CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  23. 23.
    Sebanz N, Knoblich G, Prinz W (2005) How two share a task: co-representing stimulusresponse mappings. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 31:1234–1246CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. 24.
    Sato A, Yasuda A (2005) Illusion of sense of self-agency: discrepancy between the predicted and actual sensory consequences of actions modulates the sense of self-agency, but not the sense of self-ownership. Cognition 94:241–255CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  25. 25.
    Balconi M, Crivelli D (2010) FRN and P300 ERP effect modulation in response to feedback sensitivity: the contribution of punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS) and behaviour identification of action. Neurosci Res 66:162–172CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  26. 26.
    Keysers C, Fadiga L (2008) The mirror neuron system: new frontiers. Soc Neurosci 3:193–198CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. 27.
    Kokal I, Gazzola V, Keysers C (2009) Acting together in and beyond the mirror neuron system. Neuroimage 47:2046–2056CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  28. 28.
    Newman-Norlund RD, Bosga J, Meulenbroek RGJ et al (2008) Anatomical substrates of cooperative joint-action in a continuous motor task: virtual lifting and balancing. Neuroimage 41:169–177CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  29. 29.
    Newman-Norlund RD, van Schie HT, van Zuijlen AMJ et al (2007) The mirror neuron system is more active during complementary compared with imitative action. Nat Neurosci 10:817–818CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  30. 30.
    Semin GR, Cacioppo JT (2009) From embodied representation to co-regulation. In: Pineda JA (ed) Mirror neuron systems. Humana Press, New York, NY, pp 107–120Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Seemann A (2009) Joint agency: intersubjectivity, sense of control, and the feeling of trust. Inquiry 52:500–515CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. 32.
    Synofzik M, Vosgerau G, Newen A (2008) Beyond the comparator model: a multifactorial two-step account of agency. Conscious Cogn 17:219–239CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  33. 33.
    Chisholm R (1995) Agents, causes and events: the problem of free will. In: O’Connor T (ed) Agents, causes, and events: essays on indeterminism and free will Oxford University Press, New York, pp 95–100Google Scholar
  34. 34.
    Sebanz N (2007) The emergence of self: sensing agency through joint action. J Conscious Stud 14:234–251Google Scholar
  35. 35.
    Wolpert DM (1997) Computational approaches to motor control. Trends Cogn Sci 1:209–216CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. 36.
    Chaminade T, Decety J (2002) Leader or follower? Involvement of the inferior parietal lobule in agency. Neuroreport 13:1975–1978CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  37. 37.
    Farrer C, Franck N, Georgieff N et al (2003) Modulating the experience of agency: a positron emission tomography study. Neuroimage 18:324–333CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  38. 38.
    Farrer C, Frith CD (2002) Experiencing oneself vs another person as being the cause of an action: the neural correlates of the experience of agency. Neuroimage 15:596–603CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  39. 39.
    Fink GR, Marshall JC, Halligan PW et al (1999) The neural consequences of conflict between intention and the senses. Brain 122:497–512CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  40. 40.
    McDonald PA, Paus T (2003) The role of parietal cortex in awareness of self-generated movements: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Cereb Cortex 13:962–967CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. 41.
    Preston C, Newport R (2008) Misattribution of movement agency following right parietal TMS. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 3:26–32CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  42. 42.
    Sirigu A, Daprati E, Ciancia S et al (2003) Altered awareness of voluntary action after damage to the parietal cortex. Nat Neurosci 7:80–84CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  43. 43.
    Sirigu A, Daprati E, Pradat-Diehl P et al (1999) Perception of self-generated movement following left parietal lesions. Brain 122:1867–1874CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  44. 44.
    Spence SA, Brooks DJ, Hirsch SR et al (1997) A PET study of voluntary movement in schizophrenic patients experiencing passivity phenomena (delusions of alien control). Brain 120:1997–2011CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  45. 45.
    Blakemore S-J, Wolpert DM, Frith CD (2002) Abnormalities in the awareness of action. Trends Cogn Sci 6:237–242CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  46. 46.
    Frith CD (1992) The cognitive neuropsychology of schizophrenia. Lawrence Erlbaum, HoveGoogle Scholar
  47. 47.
    David N, Newen A, Vogeley K (2008) The “sense of agency” and its underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms. Conscious Cogn 17:523–534CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  48. 48.
    Frith CD, Blakemore S-J, Wolpert DM (2000) Abnormalities in the awareness and control of action. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 355:1771–1788CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  49. 49.
    Fletcher P, McKenna PJ, Friston KJ et al (1999) Abnormal cingulate modulation of frontotemporal connectivity in schizophrenia. Neuroimage 9:337–342CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  50. 50.
    Georgieff N, Jeannerod M (1998) Beyond consciousness of external reality: a “Who” system for consciousness of action and self-consciousness. Conscious Cogn 7:465–477CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  51. 51.
    Vogeley K, Fink GR (2003) Neural correlates of the first-person-perspective. Trends Cogn Sci 7:38–42CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  52. 52.
    Allison T, Puce A, McCarthy G (2000) Social perception from visual cues: role of the STS region. Trends Cogn Sci 4:267–278CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  53. 53.
    Adolphs R (2001) The neurobiology of social cognition. Curr Opin Neurobiol 11:231–239CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Crivelli
    • 1
  • Michela Balconi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of MilanMilanItaly

Personalised recommendations