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Learning to understand others' actions

Press, C., Heyes, C. and Kilner, J. M. (2011) Learning to understand others' actions. Biology Letters, 7 (3). pp. 457-460. ISSN 1744-957X

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0850

Abstract/Summary

Despite nearly two decades of research on mirror neurons, there is still much debate about what they do. The most enduring hypothesis is that they enable ‘action understanding’. However, recent critical reviews have failed to find compelling evidence in favour of this view. Instead, these authors argue that mirror neurons are produced by associative learning and therefore that they cannot contribute to action understanding. The present opinion piece suggests that this argument is flawed. We argue that mirror neurons may both develop through associative learning and contribute to inferences about the actions of others.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Social
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Perception and Action
ID Code:16147
Publisher:The Royal Society

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