Neural mechanisms of imitation and ‘mirror neuron’ functioning in autistic spectrum disorder

@article{Williams2006NeuralMO,
  title={Neural mechanisms of imitation and ‘mirror neuron’ functioning in autistic spectrum disorder},
  author={J. Williams and G. Waiter and A. Gilchrist and D. Perrett and A. Whiten},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2006},
  volume={44},
  pages={610-621}
}
An association between autistic spectrum disorder and imitative impairment might result from dysfunction in mirror neurons (MNs) that serve to relate observed actions to motor codings. To explore this hypothesis, we employed a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) protocol previously used to identify the neural substrate of imitation, and human MN function, to compare 16 adolescent males of normal intelligence with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and age, sex and IQ matched controls. In… Expand
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