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Impairment of actions chains in autism and its possible role in intention understanding
Experiments in monkeys demonstrated that many parietal and premotor neurons coding a specific motor act (e.g., grasping) show a markedly different activation when this act is part of actions thatExpand
Cortical mechanisms underlying the organization of goal-directed actions and mirror neuron-based action understanding.
Our understanding of the functions of motor system evolved remarkably in the last 20 years. This is the consequence not only of an increase in the amount of data on this system but especially of aExpand
Mirror neurons and their clinical relevance
One of the most exciting events in neurosciences over the past few years has been the discovery of a mechanism that unifies action perception and action execution. The essence of this 'mirror'Expand
The Dynamics of Sensorimotor Cortical Oscillations during the Observation of Hand Movements: An EEG Study
Background The observation of action done by others determines a desynchronization of the rhythms recorded from cortical central regions. Here, we examined whether the observation of different typesExpand
Planning actions in autism
It has been suggested that the deficit in understanding others’ intention in autism depends on a malfunctioning of the mirror system. This malfunction could be due either to a deficit of the basicExpand
Mirror neurons and mirror systems in monkeys and humans.
Mirror neurons are a distinct class of neurons that transform specific sensory information into a motor format. Mirror neurons have been originally discovered in the premotor and parietal cortex ofExpand
The Representation of Tool Use in Humans and Monkeys: Common and Uniquely Human Features
Though other species of primates also use tools, humans appear unique in their capacity to understand the causal relationship between tools and the result of their use. In a comparative fMRI study,Expand
The mirror system and its role in social cognition
Experiments in monkeys have shown that coding the goal of the motor acts is a fundamental property of the cortical motor system. In area F5, goal-coding motor neurons are also activated by observingExpand
Coding observed motor acts: different organizational principles in the parietal and premotor cortex of humans.
Understanding actions of conspecifics is a fundamental social ability depending largely on the activation of a parieto-frontal network. Using functional MRI (fMRI), we studied how goal-directedExpand
Intention Understanding in Autism
When we observe a motor act (e.g. grasping a cup) done by another individual, we extract, according to how the motor act is performed and its context, two types of information: the goal (grasping)Expand