Premotor cortex and the recognition of motor actions.

@article{Rizzolatti1996PremotorCA,
  title={Premotor cortex and the recognition of motor actions.},
  author={G. Rizzolatti and L. Fadiga and V. Gallese and L. Fogassi},
  journal={Brain research. Cognitive brain research},
  year={1996},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={
          131-41
        }
}
In area F5 of the monkey premotor cortex there are neurons that discharge both when the monkey performs an action and when he observes a similar action made by another monkey or by the experimenter. We report here some of the properties of these 'mirror' neurons and we propose that their activity 'represents' the observed action. We posit, then, that this motor representation is at the basis of the understanding of motor events. Finally, on the basis of some recent data showing that, in man… Expand

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