CARTA: Mind Reading: Human Origins and Theory of Mind: Michael Arbib: Mirror Neurons and More

12/20/2013; 18 minutes

Mirror neurons were first discovered in the brain of macaque monkeys – neurons active both when the monkey executed certain actions and when he observed others performing similar actions. Perhaps such neurons in humans could provide the key to linking our own experience to that of others. Michael Arbib (Univ of Southern California) explores this idea, but stresses that mirror neurons function only as part of much larger brain systems. In other words, human social interaction is not just a matter of registering the current actions or expressions of the other. Recorded on 10/18/2013. (#26080)

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