Mirror neurons: from discovery to autism

  title={Mirror neurons: from discovery to autism},
  author={Giacomo Rizzolatti and Maddalena Fabbri-Destro},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
In the winter of 1991 I (GR) sent to Nature a report on a surprising set of neurons that we (Giuseppe Di Pellegrino, Luciano Fadiga, Leonardo Fogassi, Vittorio Gallese) had found in the ventral premotor cortex of the monkey. The fundamental characteristic of these neurons was that they discharged both when the monkey performed a certain motor act (e.g., grasping an object) and when it observed another individual (monkey or human) performing that or a similar motor act (Di Pellegrino et al. 1992… CONTINUE READING


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