Description: A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Such neurons have been directly observed in primate species. Birds have been shown to have imitative resonance behaviors and neurological evidence suggests the presence ...
Description: Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
Description: Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about Mirror Neurons. "in San Diego, Vilayanur Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, offers, "We used to say, metaphorically, that 'I can feel another's pain.' But now we know that my mirror neurons …
Description: An essential reconsideration of one of the most far-reaching theories in modern neuroscience and psychology. In 1992, a group of neuroscientists from Parma, Italy, reported a new class of brain cells discovered in the motor cortex of the macaque monkey.
Description: For some time, the primary motor cortex was thought to contain a detailed representation of every muscle in the body, so that the activation of a particular pyramidal cell led to the activation of a single group of motor neurons.
Description: Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow ...
Description: May 31, 2011 · My husband and his father were talking in the kitchen when I walked into the room. I’ll always remember that sight: They were sitting at the table, mirror images of one another.
Description: In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.
Description: “Marco Iacoboni has written a fascinating and wonderfully accessible account of one of the most exciting developments in recent neuroscience—the discovery of ‘mirror neurons.’
Description: The mirror test – sometimes called the mark test, mirror self-recognition test (MSR), red spot technique, or rouge test – is a behavioural technique developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. as an attempt to determine whether a non-human animal possesses the ability of visual self-recognition. The MSR test is the traditional method for attempting to measure self-awareness.
Description: Neurons encode information with electrical signals and transmit that information to other neurons by synapses. The action potential is a very important electrical signal, often called a spike because it typically occurs in less than a second and involves a big voltage change, for …
Description: By Monty McKeever for Tricycle, May 18, 2011.Read the full interview.. Tricycle: How does understanding the brain help us manage stress? Daniel Goleman: There are several ways that understanding some brain mechanics and having basic neural tools at hand can help us manage stress.First of all, we have to realize that there’s no escaping stress completely; this is the nature of …
Description: The authors conducted a trial of mirror therapy versus imagery therapy in patients with phantom limb pain after the amputation of a leg or foot. Pain intensity decreased with mirror treatment, as ...
Description: Jul 28, 2015 · The high-tech 'Wize Mirror' is loaded with an array of sensors that can give you a health assessment based on your facial features.
Description: The fact that children are affected by their surroundings is too obvious to bear repeating. Child development specialists have produced decades of research showing that the environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime.
Description: Consolidation is the processes of stabilizing a memory trace after the initial acquisition. It may perhaps be thought of part of the process of encoding or of storage, or it may be considered as a memory process in its own right.It is usually considered to consist of two specific processes, synaptic consolidation (which occurs within the first few hours after learning or encoding) and system ...
Description: Oct 25, 2012 · I am a communication theorist and coach and a speaker on storytelling, body language, persuasion and influence. A passionate teacher, I am committed to helping people find clarity in their ...
Description: A drug which prevents dementia could soon be available after a breakthrough by British scientists. Experts have reversed a condition which causes blood vessels deep inside the brain to narrow ...
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