From music making to speaking: engaging the mirror neuron system in autism.

  title={From music making to speaking: engaging the mirror neuron system in autism.},
  author={Catherine Y. Wan and Krystal Demaine and Lauryn Zipse and Andrea Norton and Gottfried Schlaug},
  journal={Brain research bulletin},
  volume={82 3-4},
Individuals with autism show impairments in emotional tuning, social interactions and communication. These are functions that have been attributed to the putative human mirror neuron system (MNS), which contains neurons that respond to the actions of self and others. It has been proposed that a dysfunction of that system underlies some of the characteristics of autism. Here, we review behavioral and imaging studies that implicate the MNS (or a brain network with similar functions) in sensory… CONTINUE READING

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