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Overview

The discovery of mirror neurons and of a mirror neuron system in the human brain raises the interesting possibility that “mirroring” may constitute novel instances of mental simulation. It also provides the basis for unique processes such as “mindreading”, the ability to make inferences about the actions of others. That an elementary process in motor cognition may be foundational to mindreading goes a long way in providing a rational basis for the study of social cognition. Social cognition is a broad discipline that encompasses many issues not yet adequately addressed by neurobiologists. In Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition, leading thinkers in this nascent field craft chapters aimed at sparking a dialogue regarding the relevance of mirroring neural systems in cognition.

Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition provides the basis for extended discussion among interested readers and lays down the guidelines for future research in this fascinating and expanding field. It addresses issues common to different perspectives, raises contrary views, and creates the basis for an extended dialogue and discussion.

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"Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition can be viewed as evolving from this area of specialization, being an anthology of explanations for the relation between mirror neuron locations and functions and some main concepts from social cognition. … This book will serve scholars researching the topic of mirror neurons as new findings emerge and the theoretical understandings mature. The book also serves as a useful addition to graduate courses that cover social cognitive neuroscience." (Francis C. Staskon, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (35), 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934115343
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Neuroscience Series
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Contributors

Part I: What Is Imitation?

1. Unifying Social Cognition

Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola

2. Reflections on the Mirror Neuron System: Their Evolutionary Functions Beyond Motor Representation

Lindsay M. Oberman and V.S. Ramachandran

Part II: Developmental Aspects

3. The Neurophysiology of Early Motor Resonance

François Champoux, Jean-François Lepage, Christine Désy, Mélissa Lortie and Hugo Théoret

4. The Rational Continuum of Human Imitation

Derek E. Lyons

Part III: Neural Basis

5. From Embodied Representation to Co-Regulation

Gün R. Semin and John T. Cacioppo

6. The Problem of Other Minds Is Not a Problem: Mirror Neurons and Intersubjectivity

Marco Iacoboni

7. Hierarchically Organized "Mirroring" Processes in Social Cognition: The Functional Neuroanatomy of Empathy

Jaime A. Pineda, Adrienne Moore, Hanie Elfenbein and Roy Cox

Part IV: Relationship to Cognitive Processes

8. Mirror Neurons and the Neural Exploitation Hypothesis: From Embodied Simulation to Social Cognition

Vittorio Gallese

9. From Imitation to Reciprocation and Mutual Recognition

Philippe Rochat and Claudia Passos-Ferreira

10. Automatic and Controlled Processing

Trevor T-J Chong and Jason B. Mattingley

11. Embodied Perspective on Emotion-Cognition Interactions

Piotr Winkielman, Paula M. Niedenthal and Lindsay M. Oberman

Part V: Disorders of Mirroring

12. The Role of Mirror Neuron Dysfunction in Autism

Raphael Bernier and Geraldine Dawson

13. Synaesthesia for Pain: Feeling Pain with Another

Melita J. Giummarra and John L. Bradshaw

Part VI: Alternative Views

14. Mirroring, Mindreading, and Simulation

Alvin I. Goldman

15. Does the Mirror Neuron System and Its Impairment Explain Human Imitation and Autism?

Victoria Southgate, György Gergely and Gergely Csibra

16. Neural Simulation and Social Cognition

Shaun Gallagher

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