Mirror Neurons

Mirror neurons are that class of neuron which only fires when an animal or human acts and when they observes the same action performed by another. It is named so because the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of the other. Such neurons are primarily observed in primate species, though they are also found in humans but birds have been found possessing imitative behaviors and neurological evidences also suggests the presence of some form of mirroring system. Some researchers in neuroscience consider that this mirror system provides the physiological mechanism for the coupling of action. Also mirror neurons may be important for understanding the actions and thoughts of other people for learning new and unique skills by imitation.

 

  • Imitative resonance behaviors
  • Motor mimicry
  • Autism
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Automatic imitation
  • Theory of mind skills
  • Functional neuroimaging

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