Where do mirror neurons come from?

@article{Heyes2010WhereDM,
  title={Where do mirror neurons come from?},
  author={C. Heyes},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2010},
  volume={34},
  pages={575-583}
}
  • C. Heyes
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
Debates about the evolution of the 'mirror neuron system' imply that it is an adaptation for action understanding. Alternatively, mirror neurons may be a byproduct of associative learning. Here I argue that the adaptation and associative hypotheses both offer plausible accounts of the origin of mirror neurons, but the associative hypothesis has three advantages. First, it provides a straightforward, testable explanation for the differences between monkeys and humans that have led some… Expand
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