mirror neuron

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mirror neuron

n.
A neuron found in the cerebral cortex that is active when one performs an action or when one witnesses another performing the same action, and whose function is thought to be involved in acquiring language and the ability to empathize.

mirror neuron

Any of a group of neurons that become active both when an animal moves in a certain way and when the animal observes others performing the same action. Learning by simulation or imitation is thought to be a function of the system of mirror neurons in the brain.
See also: neuron
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I will have the mirrors recoated, purchase a new tube, and build a new primary mirror cell and secondary mirror holder.
For example, Jason made Adrian's mirror cell out of steel to the KB design.
My own use of the telescope has led me to conclude that it isn't the solid tube but the thick, solid mirror cell in the back that was the problem.
Other clever ATMs will find even more ingenious ways to utilize these concepts to create new mirror cells.
As such, the front ring and rear mirror cell can be attached to the struts with socket-head cap screws.
A smart-designed mirror cell (that's what computers are for) lets you use a relatively thin, lightweight mirror without compromising optical performance--thereby making the whole telescope lighter and reducing its cool-down time.
The fact that the scope is short enough for you to look in the focuser while adjusting the collimating screws on the mirror cell is one more benefit of the 6-inch f/5 optics.
The mirror cell was part of a reflector Porter designed in 1914 that allowed him to observe the sky through a fixed eye-piece in his warm parlor during the bitter Maine winters.
They also showed that specific subsets of mirror cells increased their activity during the execution of an action but decreased their activity when an action was only being observed.
These neurons and another group located elsewhere in the premotor cortex have been dubbed mirror cells.
For example, if you see someone showing disgust, mirror cells in your own "disgust" brain module are activated, giving you a faint feeling of disgust yourself.