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Physiology (Bethesda). 2008 Jun;23:171-9. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00004.2008.

Mirror neurons and mirror systems in monkeys and humans.

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Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Sezione Fisiologia, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy.

Abstract

Mirror neurons are a distinct class of neurons that transform specific sensory information into a motor format. Mirror neurons have been originally discovered in the premotor and parietal cortex of the monkey. Subsequent neurophysiological (TMS, EEG, MEG) and brain imaging studies have shown that a mirror mechanism is also present in humans. According to its anatomical locations, mirror mechanism plays a role in action and intention understanding, imitation, speech, and emotion feeling.

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18556470
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10.1152/physiol.00004.2008
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