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Med Hypotheses. 2011 May;76(5):646-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.01.022.

Mirror neural training induced by virtual reality in brain-computer interfaces may provide a promising approach for the autism therapy.

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Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, CaoAn Road 4800, Shanghai, China. 8zhuhuaping@tongji.edu.cn

Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that the dysfunction of the human mirror neuron system (hMNS) plays an important role in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this work, we propose a novel training program from our interdisciplinary research to improve mirror neuron functions of autistic individuals by using a BCI system with virtual reality technology. It is a promising approach for the autism to learn and develop social communications in a VR environment. A test method for this hypothesis is also provided.

PMID:
21300442
DOI:
10.1016/j.mehy.2011.01.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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