Functional imaging of face and hand imitation: towards a motor theory of empathy

@article{Leslie2004FunctionalIO,
  title={Functional imaging of face and hand imitation: towards a motor theory of empathy},
  author={Kenneth Leslie and Scott H. Johnson-Frey and Scott T. Grafton},
  journal={NeuroImage},
  year={2004},
  volume={21},
  pages={601-607}
}
Empathy requires the ability to map the feelings of others onto our own nervous system. Until recently, there was no plausible mechanism to explain how such a mapping might occur. The discovery of mirror neurons, however, suggests that the nervous system is capable of mapping the observed actions of others onto the premotor cortex of the self, at least for reaching and grasping movements. Is there a mirroring system for emotive actions, such as facial expression? Subjects (N = 15; all right… Expand
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