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Neurosci Lett. 2013 Apr 12;540:59-61. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.10.016. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

What type of action understanding is subserved by mirror neurons?

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Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, via Festa del Perdono 7, I-20122 Milano, Italy. corrado.sinigaglia@unimi.it

Abstract

The role of the mirror mechanism in cognition remains an intriguing and hotly debated topic in cognitive neuroscience. Since its discovery in the monkey and human brain, many have claimed that the mirror mechanism is critically involved in understanding action. But what does understand mean here? What kind of action understanding, if any, can be ascribed to the mirror mechanism? The aim of the paper is to face these questions by providing a refined notion of both action and action understanding.

PMID:
23089283
DOI:
10.1016/j.neulet.2012.10.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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