Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
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A unifying computational framework for motor control and social interaction

Daniel M. Wolpert

Daniel M. Wolpert

Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK

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Kenji Doya

Kenji Doya

ATR Human Information Science Laboratories, 2–2–2 Hikaridai, Seika–cho, Soraku–gun, Kyoto 619–0288, Japan

ATR Human Information Science Laboratories, 2–2–2 Hikaridai, Seika–cho, Soraku–gun, Kyoto 619–0288, Japan

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Mitsuo Kawato

Mitsuo Kawato

ATR Human Information Science Laboratories, 2–2–2 Hikaridai, Seika–cho, Soraku–gun, Kyoto 619–0288, Japan

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Published:https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2002.1238

    Recent empirical studies have implicated the use of the motor system during action observation, imitation and social interaction. In this paper, we explore the computational parallels between the processes that occur in motor control and in action observation, imitation, social interaction and theory of mind. In particular, we examine the extent to which motor commands acting on the body can be equated with communicative signals acting on other people and suggest that computational solutions for motor control may have been extended to the domain of social interaction.