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    Learning to understand others' actions

    Press, Clare and Heyes, C. and Kilner, J.M. (2011) Learning to understand others' actions. Biology Letters 7 (3), pp. 457-460. ISSN 1744-9561.

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    Abstract

    Despite nearly two decades of research on mirror neurons, there is still much debate about what they do. The most enduring hypothesis is that they enable ‘action understanding’. However, recent critical reviews have failed to find compelling evidence in favour of this view. Instead, these authors argue that mirror neurons are produced by associative learning and therefore that they cannot contribute to action understanding. The present opinion piece suggests that this argument is flawed. We argue that mirror neurons may both develop through associative learning and contribute to inferences about the actions of others.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): mirror neuron, mirror system, associative sequence learning, predictive coding, action understanding
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 09:07
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:55
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5550

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