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Somatosensory activations during the observation of touch and a case of vision-touch synaesthesia.
- S. Blakemore, D. Bristow, G. Bird, C. Frith, J. Ward
- Biology, PsychologyBrain : a journal of neurology
- 1 July 2005
The results suggest that, in C, the mirror system for touch is overactive, above the threshold for conscious tactile perception.
Neural processing associated with cognitive and affective Theory of Mind in adolescents and adults.
- C. Sebastian, Nathalie M. G. Fontaine, E. Viding
- Psychology, BiologySocial cognitive and affective neuroscience
The specificity of the mPFC/vmPFC response during affective ToM supports evidence from lesion studies suggesting that vmPFC may integrate affective information during ToM, and the differential neural response in VMPFC between adult and adolescent groups indicates developmental changes in affective toM processing.
Empathic brain responses in insula are modulated by levels of alexithymia but not autism
- G. Bird, G. Silani, R. Brindley, Sarah J White, U. Frith, T. Singer
- PsychologyBrain : a journal of neurology
- 5 April 2010
The findings suggest that empathy deficits observed in autism may be due to the large comorbidity between alexithymic traits and autism, rather than representing a necessary feature of the social impairments in autism.
Levels of emotional awareness and autism: An fMRI study
- G. Silani, G. Bird, R. Brindley, T. Singer, C. Frith, U. Frith
- PsychologySocial neuroscience
- 16 May 2008
Difficulties in emotional awareness are related to hypoactivity in AI in both individuals with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome and controls, and that the particular difficulties in emotionalawareness in individuals with HFA/AS are not related to their impairments in self-reflection/mentalizing.
Enhancing Social Ability by Stimulating Right Temporoparietal Junction
The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia
Alexithymia, Not Autism, Predicts Poor Recognition of Emotional Facial Expressions
Findings accord with the hypothesis that the emotional symptoms of autism are in fact due to co-occurring alexithymia and that existing diagnostic criteria may need to be revised.
Experience modulates automatic imitation.
Mixed emotions: the contribution of alexithymia to the emotional symptoms of autism
It is argued that, where observed, emotional impairments are due to alexithymia—a condition that frequently co-occurs with autism—rather than a feature of autism per se, and has wide-reaching implications for the study of autism.
Mirror neurons: from origin to function.
- R. Cook, G. Bird, C. Catmur, Clare Press, C. Heyes
- Biology, PsychologyThe Behavioral and brain sciences
- 1 April 2014
It is argued that mirror neurons are forged by domain-general processes of associative learning in the course of individual development, and, although they may have psychological functions, they do not necessarily have a specific evolutionary purpose or adaptive function.