A bit of history of the mirror neurons discovery

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The Broken Mirror

Mirror neurons are a class of neurons that become active both when an individual performs a particular action and when he observes another individual performing the same action. They were discovered in monkeys in the early 1990s by an Italian research group led by Giacomo Rizzolatti at the University of Parma, Italy: a classic tale of serendipity in science While studying the activation of neurons associated with goal-directed hand movements in monkeys, such as grasping, holding and tearing, the researchers incidentally observed that those neurons would also fire when the monkeys observed the experimenters performing similar actions, without any movement by the monkey itself. ….[READ]

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