CCN meeting | Sebastian Korb (Department of Applied Psychology, University of Vienna)

14-09-2017 from 15:00 to 16:00
Henri Dunantlaan 2, room 4.4 (4D)
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Fashioning the face: the nature, function, neural basis, and modulation of sensorimotor simulation and its contribution to expression recognition


Facial mimicry can be defined as the fast, spontaneous, subtle, and unconscious contraction of facial muscles, in a way that reflects facial expressions perceived in others. Just as other sensory modalities interact and mutually influence each other, proprioceptive information accompanying sensorimotor simulation in the face can influence the recognition of and judgments about facial expressions. I will describe the putative function and the neuro-anatomical basis of facial mimicry as a type of sensorimotor simulation, on the basis of studies conducted using facial EMG, rTMS, fMRI, and psychopharmacology.