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A. M. Abreu, E. Macaluso, R. T. Azevedo, P. Cesari, C. Urgesi and S. M. Aglioti Action anticipation beyond the action observation network: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study in expert basketball players European Journal of Neuroscience 35

Article first published online: 29 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08104.x

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The ability to predict the actions of others is quintessential for effective social interactions, particularly in competitive contexts (e.g. in sport) when knowledge about upcoming movements allows anticipating rather than reacting to opponents. Studies suggest that we predict what others are doing by using our own motor system as an internal forward model and that the fronto-parietal action observation network (AON) is fundamental for this ability.

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