Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Mirror Neuron System, Cattaneo and Rizzolatti

The Mirror Neuron System
Luigi Cattaneo, MD; Giacomo Rizzolatti, MD

Mirror neurons are a class of neurons, originally discovered in the premotor cortex
of monkeys, that discharge both when individuals perform a given motor act and
when they observe others perform that same motor act. Ample evidence demon-
strates the existence of a cortical network with the properties of mirror neurons
(mirror system) in humans. The human mirror system is involved in understanding others’ ac-
tions and their intentions behind them, and it underlies mechanisms of observational learning.
Herein, we will discuss the clinical implications of the mirror system.
Arch Neurol . 2009;66(5):557-560 To access this article fully go to the url below.

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