InGoldstein, E.B. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Perception, pp. 559-562
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Goldstein, E.B. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Perception
SubjectAction, intention, and motor control; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control
Mirror neurons discharge both when a macaque monkey performs an object-directed action, such as grasping a peanut, and when the monkey observes another individual performing the same action, such as when the monkey sees the experimenter grasp a peanut. Thus, these neurons "mirror" others' actions as if one would perform them oneself, providing a previously unexpected, direct link between individuals. This entry summarizes the most important findings on mirror neurons in monkeys and related findings on mirroring in humans.
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