Indiana University Bloomington

Bennett I. Bertenthal

Bennett I. Bertenthal

B.A., Brandeis University, 1971
M.A., University of Denver, 1976
Ph.D., University of Denver, 1978
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain Research Institute of UCLA Medical School, 1978-1979

Email address: bbertent(at)

Research Interests

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My research focuses on the origins, development, and basic processing mechanisms involved in action understanding. Recent neuroimaging, electrophysiological, and behavioral findings reveal that planning, observation, and imaging of actions share a common neural substrate. Our investigations involve behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging approaches for studying the functional implications of this common substrate in infants, children and adults. Experimental tasks involving imitation, response priming, search for hidden objects, predictive tracking and reaching, change blindness, and the effects of authorship and expertise on knowledge of results are used for investigating the links between the observation and execution of actions. .

Representative Publications

Grezes, J., Fonlupt, P., Bertenthal, B., Delon-Martin, C., Mazoyer, P., and Decety, J. (2001). Does perception of biological motions rely on specific brain regions? NeuroImage, 13: 775-785.

Longo, M.R. and Bertenthal, B.I. (2006). Common coding of observation and execution of action in 9-month-old infants. Infancy, 10: 43-60.

Bertenthal, B.I., Longo, M.R., and Kosobud, A. (2006). Imitative response tendencies following observation of meaningless actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 32: 210-225.

Bertenthal, B.I. (2007). Dynamical systems: Its about time! In S. Boker (Ed.), Data analytic techniques for dynamical systems. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.