Imitation, mirror neurons and autism

  title={Imitation, mirror neurons and autism},
  author={J. H. G. Williams and Andrew Whiten and Thomas Suddendorf and David I Perrett},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
Various deficits in the cognitive functioning of people with autism have been documented in recent years but these provide only partial explanations for the condition. We focus instead on an imitative disturbance involving difficulties both in copying actions and in inhibiting more stereotyped mimicking, such as echolalia. A candidate for the neural basis of this disturbance may be found in a recently discovered class of neurons in frontal cortex, 'mirror neurons' (MNs). These neurons show… CONTINUE READING
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