Facial expressions: What the mirror neuron system can and cannot tell us

  title={Facial expressions: What the mirror neuron system can and cannot tell us},
  author={Christiaan van der Gaag and Ruud B. Minderaa and Christian Keysers},
  journal={Social Neuroscience},
  pages={179 - 222}
Abstract Facial expressions contain both motor and emotional components. The inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) and posterior parietal cortex have been considered to compose a mirror neuron system (MNS) for the motor components of facial expressions, while the amygdala and insula may represent an “additional” MNS for emotional states. Together, these systems may contribute to our understanding of facial expressions. Here we further examine this possibility. In three separate event-related fMRI… 
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