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Mirror Neurons: The human mirror neuron system
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This literature review explores human mirror neurons from several angles. First it retells mirror neuron history, from the initial discovery in the macaque monkey research through to the experiments determining if there is a human brain homologue. Then the merits of two opposing evolutionary views – mirror neurons as an adaptation or an association, here referring to an adaptation’s byproduct – are discussed. Lastly the autistic mirror neuron dysfunction hypothesis – stating that a faulty mirror neuron system is at the basis of autistic behavioral patterns – is examined for its validity but ultimately found lacking and in need of further development. 

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2012. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
mirror neurons, evolution, imitation, adaptation, associative hypothesis, autistic mirror neuron dysfunction hypothesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6103OAI: diva2:538658
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Consciousness Studies - Philosophy and Neuropsychology
Available from: 2012-11-07 Created: 2012-07-01 Last updated: 2012-11-07Bibliographically approved

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