REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-124

Mirror neurons: Enigma of the metaphysical modular brain


1 Department of Medicine, JNMC, DMIMS University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, JNMC, DMIMS University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sourya Acharya
Department of Medicine, JNMC, DMIMS University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha 442 004, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.101878

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Mirror neurons are one of the most important discoveries in the last decade of neuroscience. These are a variety of visuospatial neurons which indicate fundamentally about human social interaction. Essentially, mirror neurons respond to actions that we observe in others. The interesting part is that mirror neurons fire in the same way when we actually recreate that action ourselves. Apart from imitation, they are responsible for myriad of other sophisticated human behavior and thought processes. Defects in the mirror neuron system are being linked to disorders like autism. This review is a brief introduction to the neurons that shaped our civilization.


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