In addition, among people with ASD, less mirror neuron
activity was associated with greater social impairments.
Specialized brain cells called mirror neurons
fire when we see familiar actions performed or emotions expressed.
Scientists have identified specialized brain cells called mirror neurons
that may play a role in empathy, socializing and addiction.
Without such knowledge, having relationships with others is difficult or impossible, and mirror neurons
are thought to mediate the development of a ToM.
The "Shared Manifold" Hypothesis: From Mirror Neurons
It had previously been theorized that the mirror neuron
system provides a mechanism through which listeners feel the performer's emotion, making musical communication a form of empathy," said Large.
In addition to the gray matter abnormalities linked to the mirror neuron
system, the results of this study revealed that the amount of gray matter in the left parietal area correlated with higher IQs in the control group, but not in the autistic children.
We were surprised to see the mirror neuron
system activating in response to a computer.
Studies show that listening to music stimulates brain areas specialized for imitation and empathy that contain what researchers call mirror neurons
So gaining a better understanding of the mirror neuron
system might help devise strategies for treatment of this disorder," said Mukamel.
The history of mirror neuron
research is short enough to be clearly described for the nonspecialist reader, and its future exciting enough to attract anyone interested in human interaction.
In humans and monkeys, the mirror neuron
system (MNS) - a collection of neurons in various parts of the brain, including the premotor cortex and the primary motor cortex - fires both when you perform an action and when you watch someone else perform a similar action.