How the things we perceive are related to the things we do.
We can observe many things, but not all of them can be carried out. We can watch a carpenter without being able to plane ourselves. But after we have had the plane in our hands and worked a few boards ourselves, we see the world with different eyes. Embodied cognition assumes a common representation of action perception and action production. This means that experiences in one skill always bring changes in the other skill.
In this research area I am investigating: Do our perceptions of things change after one has made them oneself? Are the ways of perceiving actions connected to how one performs them oneself? How does the connection develop in early childhood and how does it change over the lifespan? Are motor impairments linked to poorer perception?
Wermelinger, S., Gampe, A., & Daum, M. M. (2019). Higher levels of motor competence are associated with reduced interference in action perception across the lifespan. Psychological Research, 83(3), 432–444. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-017-0941-z
Wermelinger, S., Gampe, A., & Daum, M. M. (2019). The dynamics of the interrelation of perception and action across the life span. Psychological Research, 83(1), 116–131. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1058-8
Wermelinger, S., Gampe, A., Behr, J., & Daum, M. M. (2018). Interference of action perception on action production increases across the adult life span. Experimental Brain Research, 236(2), 577–586. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-017-5157-3
Daum, M. M., Gampe, A., Wronski, C., & Attig, M. (2016). Effects of movement distance, duration, velocity, and type on action prediction in 12-month-olds. Infant Behavior and Development, 43, 75–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2016.03.002
Gampe, A., Prinz, W., & Daum, M. M. (2016). Measuring action understanding: Relations between goal prediction and imitation. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34(1), 53–65. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12125
Gampe, A., Keitel, A., & Daum, M. M. (2015). Intra-individual variability and continuity of action and perception measures in infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00327
Gampe, A., & Daum, M. M. (2014). Productive Verbs Facilitate Action Prediction in Toddlers. Infancy, 19(3), 301–325. https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12047