Experience and the perception of biological motion

Frank E. Pollick, Corinne Jola, Karin Petrini, Lawrie S. McKay, Phil McAleer, Seon Hee Jang, Christine MacLeod, David R. Simmons

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Many discussions of biological motion perception involve a description of observers’ attunements for recognizing gender, emotion, action, and identity from point-light displays. This chapter describes an often-neglected determinant of biological motion perception: the role of expertise. First, the authors describe how variability among observers is essential for developing a comprehensive theory of biological motion perception. Then, they describe how the distributed network of brain areas devoted to biological motion perception provides an opportunity for this brain network to be applied to new tasks and environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople watching
Subtitle of host publicationsocial, perceptual, and neurophysiological studies of body perception
EditorsKerri Johnson, Maggie Shiffrar
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780195393705
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameOxford series in visual cognition
PublisherOxford University Press


  • Biological motion
  • Expertise
  • Distributed processing
  • Visual experience
  • Visuomotor experience
  • Action observation
  • Dance
  • Visual aesthetics
  • Multisensor representations
  • Drummers
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Neural correlates


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