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Plasticity and PathologyOn the Formation of the Neural Subject$
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David Bates and Nima Bassiri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823266135

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823266135.001.0001

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Imperfect Reflections

Imperfect Reflections

Norms, Pathology, and Difference in Mirror Neuron Research

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(p.268) 9 Imperfect Reflections
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Plasticity and Pathology
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Katja Guenther

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823266135.003.0009

This chapter begins with a discussion of the discovery of mirror neurons and the controversy they generated. It then turns to mirror neuron research and shows that the organization of mirror neuron experiments made as conditions of research two forms of difference between the mirrored acts: nonsimultaneity and incongruence. References to these forms of differences have multiplied within the mirror neuron literature, and they have provided powerful resources for a number of important debates, for instance about the distinction between animals and humans in so-called higher order mirroring and the explanation of the origins of language. The final section deals with mirror neuron research on empathy and the emotional reading of mirror neuron function that it has legitimated.

Keywords:   mirror neurons, human brain, mirror neuron research, mirrored acts, nonsimultaneity, incongruence, empathy, emotional reading

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