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Do mirror neurons really mirror and do they really code for action goals?

Cook, R. & Bird, G. (2013). Do mirror neurons really mirror and do they really code for action goals?. Cortex, 49(10), pp. 2944-2945. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.05.006


Attempts to elucidate the properties of mirror neurons (MNs) have seen considerable effort expended and thousands of papers published. Nevertheless, the field is dogged by uncertainty and confusion: Not only is it harder than ever to say exactly what a MN is, but there is increasing ambiguity about their basic field properties and putative functions. Here we challenge the two properties of MNs which have excited most interest; that they ‘mirror’, and that they encode goals.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cortex. Changes resulting from the publishing process, editing, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in CORTEX, VOL 49, ISSUE 10, 14th June 2014 DOI 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.05.006
Publisher Keywords: Animals, Goals, Hand Strength, Humans, Imitative Behavior, Mirror Neurons, Observation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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