Mirror neurons and motor intentionality

Rizzolatti, Giacomo and Sinigaglia, Corrado (2007) Mirror neurons and motor intentionality. Functional Neurology; New Trends in Interventional Neurosciences, 22 (4). pp. 205-210. ISSN 1971-3274

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Our social life rests to a large extent on our ability to understand the intentions of others. What are the bases of this ability? A very influential view is that we understand the intentions of others because we are able to represent them as having mental states. Without this meta-representational (mind-reading) ability their behavior would be meaningless to us. Over the past few years this view has been challenged by neurophysiological findings and, in particular, by the discovery of mirror neurons. The functional properties of these neurons indicate that intentional understanding is based primarily on a mechanism that directly matches the sensory representation of the observed actions with one’s own motor representation of those same actions. These findings reveal how deeply motor and intentional components of action are intertwined, suggesting that both can be fully comprehended only starting from a motor approach to intentionality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: action understanding, mind-reading, mirror neurons, motor intentionality
Subjects: 100 Filosofia e Psicologia > 150 Psicologia > 153 Processi mentali consci e intelligenza (Classificare qui la conoscenza, le Scienze cognitive, la Psicologia cognitiva, i processi intellettuali, le opere d'insieme sulle emozioni e la conoscenza)
600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 612 Fisiologia umana > 612.8 Funzioni nervose, funzioni sensorie (Classificare qui la Neurofisiologia, la Psicofisiologia) > 612.82 Cervello (classificare qui il sistema nervoso centrale, le Neuroscienze, le Neuroscienze cognitive)
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 10:39
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 11:30
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/3739

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