The brain's intention to imitate: the neurobiology of intentional versus automatic imitation.

@article{Bien2009TheBI,
  title={The brain's intention to imitate: the neurobiology of intentional versus automatic imitation.},
  author={Nina Bien and Alard Roebroeck and Rainer Goebel and Alexander Thomas Sack},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2009},
  volume={19 10},
  pages={2338-51}
}
Whenever we observe a movement of a conspecific, our mirror neuron system becomes activated, urging us to imitate the observed movement. However, because such automatic imitation is not always appropriate, an inhibitive component keeping us from imitating everything we see seems crucial for an effective social behavior. This becomes evident from… CONTINUE READING