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Cortical mechanisms of human imitation.
Two areas with activation properties that become active during finger movement, regardless of how it is evoked, and their activation should increase when the same movement is elicited by the observation of an identical movement made by another individual are found.
Grasping the Intentions of Others with One's Own Mirror Neuron System
Functional magnetic resonance imaging revealed that premotor mirror neuron areas—areas active during the execution and the observation of an action—previously thought to be involved only in action recognition are actually also involved in understanding the intentions of others.
Neural mechanisms of empathy in humans: A relay from neural systems for imitation to limbic areas
There was greater activity during imitation, compared with observation of emotions, in premotor areas including the inferior frontal cortex, as well as in the superior temporal cortex, insula, and amygdala, which may be a critical relay from action representation to emotion.
Understanding emotions in others: mirror neuron dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorders
High-functioning children with autism and matched controls underwent fMRI while imitating and observing emotional expressions, suggesting that a dysfunctional 'mirror neuron system' may underlie the social deficits observed in autism.
A probabilistic atlas and reference system for the human brain: International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM).
The ability to quantify the variance of the human brain as a function of age in a large population of subjects for whom data is also available about their genetic composition and behaviour will allow for the first assessment of cerebral genotype-phenotype-behavioural correlations in humans to take place in a population this large.
The mirror neuron system and the consequences of its dysfunction
The neurophysiology of the mirror neuron system and its role in social cognition is reviewed and the clinical implications of mirror neuron dysfunction are discussed.
Imitation, empathy, and mirror neurons.
  • M. Iacoboni
  • Psychology, Biology
    Annual review of psychology
  • 2009
There is a convergence between cognitive models of imitation, constructs derived from social psychology studies on mimicry and empathy, and recent empirical findings from the neurosciences that suggest that experience-based Hebbian learning forms links between sensory processing of the actions of others and motor plans.
Neural mechanisms of imitation
  • M. Iacoboni
  • Biology, Psychology
    Current Opinion in Neurobiology
  • 1 December 2005