Facial mimicry and the mirror neuron system: simultaneous acquisition of facial electromyography and functional magnetic resonance imaging

@inproceedings{Likowski2012FacialMA,
  title={Facial mimicry and the mirror neuron system: simultaneous acquisition of facial electromyography and functional magnetic resonance imaging},
  author={Katja U. Likowski and Andreas M{\"u}hlberger and Antje B. M. Gerdes and Matthias J. Wieser and Paul Pauli and Peter Weyers},
  booktitle={Front. Hum. Neurosci.},
  year={2012}
}
Numerous studies have shown that humans automatically react with congruent facial reactions, i.e., facial mimicry, when seeing a vis-á-vis' facial expressions. The current experiment is the first investigating the neuronal structures responsible for differences in the occurrence of such facial mimicry reactions by simultaneously measuring BOLD and facial EMG in an MRI scanner. Therefore, 20 female students viewed emotional facial expressions (happy, sad, and angry) of male and female avatar… CONTINUE READING