Mirror neurons (MNs) were first described in a seminal paper in 1992 as a class of monkey premotor cells discharging during both action execution and observation. Despite their debated origin and function, recent studies in several species, from birds to humans, revealed that beyond MNs properly so called, a variety of cell types distributed among multiple motor, sensory, and emotional brain areas form a 'mirror mechanism' more complex and flexible than originally thought, which has an evolutionarily conserved role in social interaction. Here, we trace the current limits and envisage the future trends of this discovery, showing that it inspired translational research and the development of new neurorehabilitation approaches, and constitutes a point of no return in social and affective neuroscience.

Mirror neurons 30 years later: implications and applications / Bonini, Luca; Rotunno, Cristina; Arcuri, Edoardo; Gallese, Vittorio. - In: TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. - ISSN 1364-6613. - (2022). [10.1016/j.tics.2022.06.003]

Mirror neurons 30 years later: implications and applications

Bonini, Luca;Rotunno, Cristina;Arcuri, Edoardo;Gallese, Vittorio
2022-01-01

Abstract

Mirror neurons (MNs) were first described in a seminal paper in 1992 as a class of monkey premotor cells discharging during both action execution and observation. Despite their debated origin and function, recent studies in several species, from birds to humans, revealed that beyond MNs properly so called, a variety of cell types distributed among multiple motor, sensory, and emotional brain areas form a 'mirror mechanism' more complex and flexible than originally thought, which has an evolutionarily conserved role in social interaction. Here, we trace the current limits and envisage the future trends of this discovery, showing that it inspired translational research and the development of new neurorehabilitation approaches, and constitutes a point of no return in social and affective neuroscience.
2022
Mirror neurons 30 years later: implications and applications / Bonini, Luca; Rotunno, Cristina; Arcuri, Edoardo; Gallese, Vittorio. - In: TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. - ISSN 1364-6613. - (2022). [10.1016/j.tics.2022.06.003]
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