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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.


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.

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