Motor System Involvement in the Perception of Singing

Authored by: Frank A. Russo

The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138059306
eBook ISBN: 9781315163734
Adobe ISBN:


 Download Chapter



Many theorists have proposed that a spontaneous internal motor simulation occurs during the observation of intentional actions, and that this simulation supports action understanding. The simulation is thought to involve a coupling of sensory and motor systems along a dorsal pathway that connects visual and posterior auditory areas with the inferior parietal lobule and inferior frontal gyrus. Collectively this network has been referred to as the mirror neuron system (“or mirror system”). This chapter introduces the Spontaneous Internal Motor Simulation of Singing (SIMSS) hypothesis, which specifies the circumstances under which the observation of human song may trigger a spontaneous internal motor simulation.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.