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Mirror Neuron Systems

The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition

Pineda, Jaime A. (Ed.)

2009

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  • Timely study of mirroring processes in the recently expanding field of social cognition
  • Interdisciplinary contributors including philosophers, social psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists
  • Provides the latest research and thinking of leading international scientists
  • Brings together novel and unique interpretations of the role of mirroring in social cognition

The discovery of mirror neurons and of a mirror neuron system in the human brain raises the interesting possibility that "mirroring" may constitute novel instances of mental simulation. It also provides the basis for unique processes such as "mindreading," the ability to make inferences about the actions of others. That an elementary process in motor cognition may be foundational to mindreading goes a long way in providing a rational basis for the study of social cognition. Social cognition is a broad discipline that encompasses many issues not yet adequately addressed by neurobiologists. In Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition, leading thinkers in this nascent field craft chapters aimed at sparking a dialogue regarding the relevance of mirroring neural systems in cognition.

Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition provides the basis for extended discussion among interested readers and lays down the guidelines for future research in this fascinating and expanding field. It addresses issues common to different perspectives, raises contrary views, and creates the basis for an extended dialogue and discussion.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Action - Brain imaging studies - Cognitive process - Imitation - MNS - Mirroring brain mechanisms - Motor actions - Social behavior - cognition - neurons - neurophysiology

Related subjects » Cognitive Psychology - Neurology - Neuropsychology - Neuroscience

Table of contents 

Preface Contributors Part I: What Is Imitation? 1. Unifying Social Cognition Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola 2. Reflections on the Mirror Neuron System: Their Evolutionary Functions Beyond Motor Representation Lindsay M. Oberman and V.S. Ramachandran Part II: Developmental Aspects 3. The Neurophysiology of Early Motor Resonance François Champoux, Jean-François Lepage, Christine Désy, Mélissa Lortie and Hugo Théoret 4. The Rational Continuum of Human Imitation Derek E. Lyons Part III: Neural Basis 5. From Embodied Representation to Co-Regulation Gün R. Semin and John T. Cacioppo 6. The Problem of Other Minds Is Not a Problem: Mirror Neurons and Intersubjectivity Marco Iacoboni 7. Hierarchically Organized 'Mirroring' Processes in Social Cognition: The Functional Neuroanatomy of Empathy Jaime A. Pineda, Adrienne Moore, Hanie Elfenbein and Roy Cox Part IV: Relationship to Cognitive Processes 8. Mirror Neurons and the Neural Exploitation Hypothesis: From Embodied Simulation to Social Cognition Vittorio Gallese 9. From Imitation to Reciprocation and Mutual Recognition Philippe Rochat and Claudia Passos-Ferreira 10. Automatic and Controlled Processing Trevor T-J Chong and Jason B. Mattingley 11. Embodied Perspective on Emotion-Cognition Interactions Piotr Winkielman, Paula M. Niedenthal and Lindsay M. Oberman Part V: Disorders of Mirroring 12. The Role of Mirror Neuron Dysfunction in Autism Raphael Bernier and GeraldineDawson 13. Synaesthesia for Pain: Feeling Pain with Another Melita J. Giummarra and John L. Bradshaw Part VI: Alternative Views 14. Mirroring, Mindreading, and Simulation Alvin I. Goldman 15. Does the Mirror Neuron System and Its Impairment Explain Human Imitation and Autism? Victoria Southgate, György Gergely and Gergely Csibra 16. Neural Simulation and Social Cognition Shaun Gallagher

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