Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Cogn Neurosci. 2009 Jul;21(7):1229-43. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21189.

Eight problems for the mirror neuron theory of action understanding in monkeys and humans.

Author information

1
Department of Cognitive Sciences, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA. greg.hickok@uci.edu

Abstract

The discovery of mirror neurons in macaque frontal cortex has sparked a resurgence of interest in motor/embodied theories of cognition. This critical review examines the evidence in support of one of these theories, namely, that mirror neurons provide the basis of action understanding. It is argued that there is no evidence from monkey data that directly tests this theory, and evidence from humans makes a strong case against the position.

PMID:
19199415
PMCID:
PMC2773693
DOI:
10.1162/jocn.2009.21189
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center