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Mathias Hegele and Friedrike Seyfried

In this opinion paper, we aim to delineate the development of the person–object differentiation in visuomotor behavior as established during the first two years of life, which can be conceived as a precursor for the broader distinction between animate and inanimate entities, which in turn form the basis of the more inclusive biological–nonbiological distinction (Poulin-Dubois, Lepage, & Ferland, 1996). We then discuss embodied sensorimotor simulation, which allows us to use the self as a model for perceiving objects in our environment, as a potential mechanism underlying this distinction.

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Keishi Soga, Keita Kamijo and Hiroaki Masaki

memory task asked participants to make a size judgment (smaller or bigger than a shoe box) or an animacy judgment (living or nonliving) and to encode those items during the encoding phase. In the subsequent retrieval phase, participants were required to make an old or new judgment, and if old, to make a