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The Observation and Execution of Actions Share Motor and Somatosensory Voxels in all Tested Subjects: Single-Subject Analyses of Unsmoothed fMRI Data
Many neuroimaging studies of the mirror neuron system (MNS) examine if certain voxels in the brain are shared between action observation and execution (shared voxels, sVx). Unfortunately, finding sVxExpand
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Somatosensation in social perception
The discovery of mirror neurons in motor areas of the brain has led many to assume that our ability to understand other people's behaviour partially relies on vicarious activations of motor cortices.Expand
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A Touching Sight SII/PV Activation during the Observation and Experience of Touch
Watching the movie scene in which a tarantula crawls on James Bond's chest can make us literally shiver--as if the spider crawled on our own chest. What neural mechanisms are responsible for thisExpand
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Empathy and the Somatotopic Auditory Mirror System in Humans
How do we understand the actions of other individuals if we can only hear them? Auditory mirror neurons respond both while monkeys perform hand or mouth actions and while they listen to sounds ofExpand
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Integrating simulation and theory of mind: from self to social cognition
C.K. is supported by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant of the EU and a VIDI grant from the NWO. The model put forward was presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Brain Mapping Conferences inExpand
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The anthropomorphic brain: The mirror neuron system responds to human and robotic actions
In humans and monkeys the mirror neuron system transforms seen actions into our inner representation of these actions. Here we asked if this system responds also if we see an industrial robot performExpand
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Probabilistic tractography recovers a rostrocaudal trajectory of connectivity variability in the human insular cortex
The insular cortex of macaques has a wide spectrum of anatomical connections whose distribution is related to its heterogeneous cytoarchitecture. Although there is evidence of a similarExpand
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Primary somatosensory cortex discriminates affective significance in social touch
Another person’s caress is one of the most powerful of all emotional social signals. How much the primary somatosensory cortices (SIs) participate in processing the pleasantness of such social touchExpand
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Expanding the mirror: vicarious activity for actions, emotions, and sensations
We often empathically share the states of others. The discovery of 'mirror neurons' suggested a neural mechanism for monkeys to share the actions of others. Here we expand this view by showing thatExpand
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Towards a unifying neural theory of social cognition.
Humans can effortlessly understand a lot of what is going on in other peoples' minds. Understanding the neural basis of this capacity has proven quite difficult. Since the discovery of mirrorExpand
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