Mirror neuron system involvement in empathy: a critical look at the evidence.

  title={Mirror neuron system involvement in empathy: a critical look at the evidence.},
  author={Amee D. Baird and Ingrid E. Scheffer and Sarah J. Wilson},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  volume={6 4},
It has been proposed that the human mirror neuron system (MNS) plays an integral role in mediating empathy. In this review, we critically examine evidence from three bodies of research that have been cited as supporting this notion: (1) behavioral studies that have examined the relationship between imitation and empathy, (2) findings from functional neuroimaging studies that report a positive correlation between MNS activation and self-report on an empathy questionnaire, and (3) observations of… CONTINUE READING
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