Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

A common framework for perception and action: Neuroimaging evidence

Thierry Chaminade a1 and Jean Decety a2
a1 Neurophysiology of Intentionality, INSERM Unit 280, Lyon, 69 424 Cedex 3 France
a2 Center for Mind, Brain and Learning, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195


In recent years, neurophysiological evidence has accumulated in favor of a common coding between perception and execution of action. We review findings from recent neuroimaging experiments in the action domain with three complementary perspectives: perception of action, covert action triggered by perception, and reproduction of perceived action (imitation). All studies point to the parietal cortex as a key region for body movement representation, both observed and performed.