Juha Järveläinen

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The monkey premotor cortex contains neurons that are activated both when the monkey performs motor acts and when he observes actions made by others. A similar mirror neuron system, involving several brain areas, has been found in humans. We recorded neuromagnetic oscillatory activity from the primary motor cortex of 10 healthy subjects when they observed(More)
Tool use is a characteristic human trait, requiring motor skills that are largely learned by imitation. A neural system that supports imitation and action understanding by directly matching observed actions and their motor counterparts has been found in the human premotor and motor cortices. To test whether this "mirror-neuron system" (MNS) would be(More)
The ability to internally simulate other persons' actions is important for social interaction. In monkeys, neurons in the premotor cortex are activated both when the monkey performs mouth or hand actions and when it views or listens to actions made by others. Neuronal circuits with similar "mirror-neuron" properties probably exist in the human Broca's area(More)
Schizophrenia is often associated with difficulties in distinguishing between actions of self and of others. This could reflect dysfunction of the mirror neuron system which directly matches observed and executed actions. We studied 11 people with schizophrenia and their co-twins without manifest disease, using stimulus-induced changes in the(More)
The human thumb is functionally and morphologically different from the other digits, enabling capability for a wide range of movements and for precision grasping. We investigated the reactivity of the magnetic approximately 20 Hz motor cortex rhythm by stimulating thumb and middle finger electrically and by quantifying the poststimulus rebounds. The level(More)
The vast majority of perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage cases are reported as negative-finding etiologies. Recently, high-resolution images allowed us to overcome the previous difficulty of finding the source of bleeding, which underlies the concept of a “negative finding”. We discovered a venous etiology, hidden behind the tip of the basilar artery;(More)
“Mirror neurons” are visuomotor neurons which are activated both when the individual is observing and performing an action. These cells were originally discovered in the ventral premotor cortex (area F5) of monkeys by Rizzolatti and collegues. Mirror neurons directly match observed actions and their motor counterparts and probably have a role in action(More)
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