mirror neuron

(redirected from Mirror cells)
Also found in: Dictionary.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
It's also suspected that dysfunction of these mirror cells might be involved in disorders such as autism, where the clinical signs can include difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, imitation and having empathy for others.
Fogassi's group built on the earlier work by examining how certain mirror cells respond to the intention behind the actions.
The complete interior EC mirror and the exterior EC mirror cells are produced by Donnelly Corporation (NYSE: DON).