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Like vs. dislike shifts how brain ‘sees’ motion


Liking, or disliking, the person you’re watching can actually have an effect on how the brain processes movement.

Most of the time, watching someone else move causes a “mirroring” effect—that is, the parts of our brains responsible for motor skills are activated by watching someone else in action.

The USC researchers found that when people viewed someone they disliked, a part of their brain that was otherwise activated in “mirroring”—the right ventral premotor cortex—had a different pattern of activity for the disliked individuals as compared to the liked individuals.

Full story at Futurity.

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