Mirror Neurons and Empathic Resonance: Action and Understanding

To survive we must understand the actions of others. With this action understanding social organization and empathy become possible. This empathic resonance requires abilities that are provided by the mirror neuron system. Empirical evidence supports this system‘s role in action recognition and predication. Implications of the evidence are discussed in relation to our ability to associate self and others. Understanding failures of the mirror neuron system may help us understand social and communication problems seen in autism spectrum disorders. This understanding also emphasizes the importance of therapists being emotionally, intellectually and behaviorally congruent models for clients.

Elizabeth M. Nash
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