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ERIC Number: EJ821769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0093-934X
Mirror Neurons in Humans: Consisting or Confounding Evidence?
Turella, Luca; Pierno, Andrea C.; Tubaldi, Federico; Castiello, Umberto
Brain and Language, v108 n1 p10-21 Jan 2009
The widely known discovery of mirror neurons in macaques shows that premotor and parietal cortical areas are not only involved in executing one's own movement, but are also active when observing the action of others. The goal of this essay is to critically evaluate the substance of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) studies whose aim has been to reveal the presence of a parallel system in humans. An inspection of this literature suggests that there is relatively weak evidence for the existence of a circuit with "mirror" properties in humans, such as that described in monkeys. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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