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Sounds And Scents In (social) Action

Although vision holds a central role in social interactions, the social perception of actions also relies on auditory and olfactory information. Salvatore M. Aglioti and Mariella Pazzaglia review recent evidence   showing how actions can be guided by sounds and smells both independently as well as within the context of the multimodal perceptions and representation that characterize real world experiences. Crucially, non-visual information appears to have a crucial role not only in guiding actions, but also in anticipating others' actions and thus in shaping social interactions more generally.