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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In November 2008, the GMT's cube, polar axis and bearing mounts, declination axis and bell-shaped housing, north bearing quadrant, modern mirror cell, and fragmented 50-inch mirror were retrieved from the incinerated building and trucked to Melbourne.
For example, Jason made Adrian's mirror cell out of steel to the KB design.
I will have the mirrors recoated, purchase a new tube, and build a new primary mirror cell and secondary mirror holder.
Ellison's skill as a mirror maker is undoubted, but his mirror cells and tubes were less advanced.
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"Its fully extended legs were just long enough for my scope's focal length, and they give the tube the collapsible trusses I wanted." At the mirror end of the scope the tripod legs bolt to a frame that holds the mirror cell, while at the front end they attach to the metal ring of the secondary cage.
Lightweight Telescope Mirrors I'm building a 16-inch telescope and want to know if my design for the mirror cell looks right to you.
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.
It features over a hundred mirror cells and interactive exhibits that bring to the fore the science and mechanics behind optical illusions, all while following a compelling storyline.
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.