Mirror neurons and social neuroscience
Rizzolatti, Giacomo Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Sezione di Fisiologia, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy.
Fogassi, Leonardo Brain Center for Social and Motor Cognition, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.
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- Mirror mechanism and autism
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How do we understand the actions and intentions of others? The traditional view is that such understanding occurs through reasoning not much different from that used to solve logical problems. When witnessing the actions of others, we process them with our sensory systems; this information is then elaborated by some cognitive centers. At the end of this process, we know what others are doing and why.
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