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Is the mirror system key to how social understanding is created in the brain?
Researchers from Denmark released a new study on Feb. 24 showing that specific brain cells called “mirror neurons” may help people interpret the actions they see other people perform.
Mirror neurons are thought to be
specialized brain cells that allow
you to learn and empathize by
observing the actions
of another person.
The new study from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science. The research was led by postdoctoral research fellow John Michael.
by Christopher Bergland
It would make intuitive sense. If you cannot somehow connect to the other, how can you have a relationship, let alone, a positive one where there is understanding?
Could be an interesting technique to boost empathy and relate to people from other cultures and backgrounds. If these neurons can be built up or analyzed in real time, it might be a valuable tool for briding gaps between people from different cultural backgrounds (or, at least, weeding out those who really shouldn't be interacting with people from different backgrounds in the first place).
I wonder if rats and other non-primate social animals have these mirror neurons as well.
I think it's good to focus on confirming these results and to determine whether mirror neurons are distinctly a neuron class onto their own or are simply neurons that fulfil multiple roles. This last question, especially, would answer a lot of questions about how the brain works in one fell swoop, showing whether or not there are specific types of neurons in the brain, or whether each neuron can fulfil multiple roles, even in this highly specialized form.
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In a study to be published in Psychological Science, researchers from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen demonstrate that brain cells in what is called the mirror system help people make sense of the actions they see other people perform in everyday life.
Using magnetic stimulation to temporarily disrupt normal processing of the areas of the human brain involved in the production of actions of human participants, it is demonstrated that these areas are also involved in the understanding of actions. The study is the first to demonstrate a clear causal effect, whereas earlier studies primarily have looked at correlations, which are difficult to interpret.
we have performed an experiment that
finally provides clear and straightforward
evidence that the mirror system serves
to help people make sense
of others' actions,
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