Response to de Bruin and Gallagher: embodied simulation as reuse is a productive explanation of a basic form of mind-reading

  title={Response to de Bruin and Gallagher: embodied simulation as reuse is a productive explanation of a basic form of mind-reading},
  author={Vittorio Gallese and Corrado Sinigaglia},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
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