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New Frontiers in Mirror Neurons Research

Pier Francesco Ferrari and Giacomo Rizzolatti


The discovery of mirror neurons had a tremendous impact on neurosciences, psychology, animal behavior, philosophy, and even public opinion. Twenty years after their discovery, the need to summarize the exponentially increasing number of studies and also to clarify their functional significance has become pressing and necessary. This volume represents the state of the art in mirror neuron research. All topics related to mirror neurons will be covered, from elucidating the basic mechanisms to psychology and philosophy, animal behavior, and development and evolution. This book is also a platform ... More

Keywords: motor system, motor cortex, action understanding, intention, imitation, autism, neural rehabilitation, brain evolution, social cognition, motor development

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pier Francesco Ferrari, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy

Giacomo Rizzolatti, editor
Professor Emeritus, University of Parma, Italy

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Section 1 Basic findings and concepts in action-perception theory

Chapter 3 New properties of F5 mirror neurons and their implications for response selection

Jörn K. Pomper, Daniel Arnstein, Vittorio Caggiano, Martin Giese, and Peter Thier

Section 2 Functional properties and evolution

Chapter 6 Neural underpinnings of anticipatory action simulation and perception in expert brains

Lucia Maria Sacheli, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, and Matteo Candidi

Chapter 8 On gesture and speech

Maurizio Gentilucci, Doriana De Marco, and Elisa De Stefani

Chapter 11 Mirrors match minds

Simone Schütz-Bosbach and Wolfgang Prinz

Section 3 Development

Chapter 15 On the development of the mirror neuron system

Claes von Hofsten and Kerstin Rosander

Chapter 16 Neonatal imitation and its sensorimotor mechanism

Elizabeth A. Simpson, Annika Paukner, Stephen J. Suomi, and Pier Francesco Ferrari

Chapter 17 Mirroring and the ontogeny of social cognition

Courtney Filippi and Amanda Woodward

Section 4 Theoretical and clinical implications

Chapter 18 The space of mirrors

Corrado Sinigaglia and Giacomo Rizzolatti

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