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Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Oct;69:89-112. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.032. Epub 2016 Jul 30.

Affordance processing in segregated parieto-frontal dorsal stream sub-pathways.

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1
Division for Clinical Cognitive Sciences, Department of Neurology, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany; Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany. Electronic address: ksakreida@ukaachen.de.
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Division for Clinical Cognitive Sciences, Department of Neurology, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany. Electronic address: ieffnert@ukaachen.de.
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Interaction Lab, School of Informatics, University of Skövde, 54128 Skövde, Sweden. Electronic address: serge.thill@his.se.
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Department of Systems Neuroscience and Neuroimage Nord, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, 20251 Hamburg, Germany. Electronic address: m.menz@uke.de.
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Knowledge Technology Group, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, 22527 Hamburg, Germany. Electronic address: jirak@informatik.uni-hamburg.de.
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Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany.
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Interaction Lab, School of Informatics, University of Skövde, 54128 Skövde, Sweden. Electronic address: tom.ziemke@his.se.
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Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany; Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany. Electronic address: s.eickhoff@fz-juelich.de.
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Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy; Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, 00185 Rome, Italy. Electronic address: annamaria.borghi@unibo.it.
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Division for Clinical Cognitive Sciences, Department of Neurology, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany; Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4), Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany; JARA - Translational Brain Medicine, Germany. Electronic address: fbinkofski@ukaachen.de.

Abstract

The concept of affordances indicates "action possibilities" as characterized by object properties the environment provides to interacting organisms. Affordances relate to both perception and action and refer to sensory-motor processes emerging from goal-directed object interaction. In contrast to stable properties, affordances may vary with environmental context. A sub-classification into stable and variable affordances was proposed in the framework of the ROSSI project (Borghi et al., 2010; Borghi and Riggio, 2015, 2009). Here, we present a coordinate-based meta-analysis of functional imaging studies on object interaction targeting consistent anatomical correlates of these different types of affordances. Our review revealed the existence of two parallel (but to some extent overlapping) functional pathways. The network for stable affordances consists of predominantly left inferior parietal and frontal cortices in the ventro-dorsal stream, whereas the network for variable affordances is localized preferentially in the dorso-dorsal stream. This is in line with the proposal of differentiated affordances: stable affordances are characterized by the knowledge of invariant object features, whereas variable affordances underlie adaptation to changing object properties.

KEYWORDS:

Affordances; Cognitive psychology; Dorso-dorsal; Neuroscience; Object interaction; Parieto-frontal pathways; Stable; Variable; Ventro-dorsal

PMID:
27484872
DOI:
10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.032
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