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Trends Cogn Sci. 2004 Sep;8(9):396-403.

A unifying view of the basis of social cognition.

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Department of Neuroscience, Section of Physiology, University of Parma, Italy.

Abstract

In this article we provide a unifying neural hypothesis on how individuals understand the actions and emotions of others. Our main claim is that the fundamental mechanism at the basis of the experiential understanding of others' actions is the activation of the mirror neuron system. A similar mechanism, but involving the activation of viscero-motor centers, underlies the experiential understanding of the emotions of others.

PMID:
15350240
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2004.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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