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Monkey See, Monkey Do? The Role of Mirror Neurons in Human Behavior

We are all familiar with the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” – but have we actually thought about what it means? Over the last two decades, neuroscience research has been investigating whether this popular saying has a real basis in human behavior.... More>

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Reflecting on Behavior: Giacomo Rizzolatti Takes Us on a Tour of the Mirror Mechanism

Giacomo Rizzolatti opened his keynote address at the APS 23rd Annual Convention with a neuroscience riff on a comedic classic: a guy walks into a bar. In Rizzolatti’s world, such a scene slips not into a series of one-liners but instead into philosophical consideration: Exactly how do we perceive the man holding his beer, and how do we know that he intends to drink it?... More>

Reflecting on Behavior: Giacomo Rizzolatti Gives a Tour of the Mirror Mechanism

In his keynote address at the APS 23rd Annual Convention, Giacomo Rizzolatti of the University of Parma, in Italy, gave a brief history of the mirror mechanism.... More>

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Reflections on Mirror Neurons

In 1992, a team at the University of Parma, Italy, discovered what have been termed “mirror neurons” in macaque monkeys. Giacomo Rizzolati, the celebrated discoverer, will deliver the Keynote Address at the 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC, USA, and report on his latest findings. To tide us over until then, here’s a report on the state of mirror neuron science.... More>

Letter/Observer Forum

Neglected Mirror-Like Behavior: Contagious Yawning and Laughing

To the Editor: The Observer (May 2007) article “Mirror Neurons” conveys appropriate enthusiasm about a neurological mechanism that may provide insights into a variety of cognitive and social processes, from […]... More>