The Human Mirror Neuron System and Embodied Representations

  • Lisa Aziz-Zadeh
  • Richard B. IvryEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 629)


Mirror neurons are defined as neurons in the monkey cortex which respond to goal oriented actions, whether the behavior is self-generated or produced by another. Here we briefly review this literature and consider evidence from behavioral, neuropsychological, and brain imaging studies for a similar mirror neuron system in humans. Furthermore, we review functions of this system related to action comprehension and motor imagery, as well as evidence for speculations on the system’s ties with conceptual knowledge and language.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Motor Cortex Lexical Decision Speech Perception Motor Imagery 
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology, 3210 Tolman HallUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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