Mirror Neuron Systems

The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition

  • Jaime A. Pineda

Part of the Contemporary Neuroscience book series (CNEURO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. What Is Imitation?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Keysers, Valeria Gazzola
      Pages 1-35
  3. Developmental Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. François Champoux, Jean-François Lepage, Marie-Christine Désy, Mélissa Lortie, Hugo Théoret
      Pages 63-76
    3. Derek E. Lyons
      Pages 77-103
  4. Neural Basis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gün R. Semin, John T. Cacioppo
      Pages 107-120
    3. Jaime A. Pineda, A. Roxanne Moore, Hanie Elfenbeinand, Roy Cox
      Pages 135-160
  5. Relationship to Cognitive Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philippe Rochat, Claudia Passos-Ferreira
      Pages 191-212
    3. Trevor T. J. Chong, Jason B. Mattingley
      Pages 213-233
    4. Piotr Winkielman, Paula M. Niedenthal, Lindsay M. Oberman
      Pages 235-257
  6. Disorders of Mirroring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raphael Bernier, Geraldine Dawson
      Pages 261-286
    3. Melita J. Giummarra, John L. Bradshaw
      Pages 287-307
  7. Alternative Views

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alvin I. Goldman
      Pages 311-330
    3. Victoria Southgate, György Gergely, Gergely Csibra
      Pages 331-354
    4. Shaun Gallagher
      Pages 355-371
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 373-375

About this book


The discovery of mirror neurons and of a mirror neuron system in the human brain raises the interesting possibility that "mirroring" may constitute novel instances of mental simulation. It also provides the basis for unique processes such as "mindreading," the ability to make inferences about the actions of others. That an elementary process in motor cognition may be foundational to mindreading goes a long way in providing a rational basis for the study of social cognition. Social cognition is a broad discipline that encompasses many issues not yet adequately addressed by neurobiologists. In Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition, leading thinkers in this nascent field craft chapters aimed at sparking a dialogue regarding the relevance of mirroring neural systems in cognition.

Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition provides the basis for extended discussion among interested readers and lays down the guidelines for future research in this fascinating and expanding field. It addresses issues common to different perspectives, raises contrary views, and creates the basis for an extended dialogue and discussion.


Action Brain imaging studies Cognitive process Imitation MNS Mirroring brain mechanisms Motor actions Social behavior cognition neurons neurophysiology

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