Behind the looking-glass

  title={Behind the looking-glass},
  author={Antonio R. Damasio and Kaspar Meyer},
To understand how mirror neurons help to interpret actions, we must delve into the networks in which these cells sit, say Antonio Damasio and Kaspar Meyer. 
Confounding the origin and function of mirror neurons.
  • G. Rizzolatti
  • Psychology, Biology
    The Behavioral and brain sciences
  • 2014
It is here suggested that a major role in the origin of the mirror mechanism is played by top-down connections rather than by associative learning.
Consciousness and cognitive access
  • N. Block
  • Psychology, Philosophy
    Neuroscience Research
  • 2009
Biology Today
This work describes how nerve cells which fire both when the animal moves and when it sees another individual move in a similar way are recruited and how these cells and their functioning are obviously fascinating.
Does the motor system contribute to the perception and understanding of actions? Reflections on Gregory Hickok’s The myth of mirror neurons: the real neuroscience of communication and cognition
  • D. Kemmerer
  • Psychology, Biology
    Language and Cognition
  • 2014
It is argued here that Gregory Hickok takes his critique of the myth of mirror neurons too far by effectively denying that the motor system plays any significant role at all in the perception and interpretation of actions.
Mirrors & Maps: Two Sides of Metaphor
Mirror neurons have received quite a bit of attention since they were discovered, but Antonio Damasio and Kaspar Meyer warn that "perhaps the name was too evocative for the finding's own good" and warn of the dangers of metaphorical thinking.
Mirror neurons: from origin to function.
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.
Mirror neurons and their clinical relevance
This Review discusses the relationship between mirror mechanism impairment and some core symptoms of autism, and outlines the theoretical principles of neurorehabilitation strategies based on the mirror mechanism, which are related to some features of the environmental dependency syndromes.
Two conceptions of the mind
Multimodal theories place the brain in the center of the authors' understanding of the mind, and recent developments in neuroscience have enabled us to study the brain like never.


Demystifying social cognition: a Hebbian perspective
Hearing Sounds, Understanding Actions: Action Representation in Mirror Neurons
This work found neurons in monkey premotor cortex that discharge when the animal performs a specific action and when it hears the related sound, and this discovery in the monkey homolog of Broca's area might shed light on the origin of language.
Mental Simulation of Action in the Service of Action Perception
The quantitative 14C-deoxyglucose method is used to map the activity pattern throughout the frontal cortex of rhesus monkeys, which either grasped a three-dimensional object or observed the same grasping movements executed by a human, to suggest the “sense of agency” could be articulated within the core components of the circuitry supporting action execution/observation.
Action recognition in the premotor cortex.
It is proposed that mirror neurons form a system for matching observation and execution of motor actions, similar to that of mirror neurons exists in humans and could be involved in recognition of actions as well as phonetic gestures.
Action observation activates premotor and parietal areas in a somatotopic manner: an fMRI study.
Results bring the previous concept of an action observation/execution matching system (mirror system) into a broader perspective: this system is not restricted to the ventral premotor cortex, but involves several somatotopically organized motor circuits.
Eur. J. Neurosci
  • Eur. J. Neurosci
  • 2001