Friday, 27 September 2019

Do Mirror Neurons Help Us Feel Empathy?

Do Mirror Neurons Help Us Feel Empathy?

In 2000, prominent neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran wrote that mirror neurons would do for psychology what DNA did for biology (Ramachandran: 2000). Although he has since admitted that this was an overstatement, mirror neurons have still contributed a lot to our understanding of how the brain works in social situations- especially those that require empathy. But how?

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