The mirror neuron system and the consequences of its dysfunction

@article{Iacoboni2006TheMN,
  title={The mirror neuron system and the consequences of its dysfunction},
  author={Marco Iacoboni and Mirella Dapretto},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
  year={2006},
  volume={7},
  pages={942-951}
}
The discovery of premotor and parietal cells known as mirror neurons in the macaque brain that fire not only when the animal is in action, but also when it observes others carrying out the same actions provides a plausible neurophysiological mechanism for a variety of important social behaviours, from imitation to empathy. Recent data also show that dysfunction of the mirror neuron system in humans might be a core deficit in autism, a socially isolating condition. Here, we review the… 
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