Mirror Neurons: The Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience?

Mirror neurons are fascinating but they aren’t the answer to what makes us human By Christian Jarrett, Ph.D…

 

Back in the 1990s neuroscientists at the University of Parma identified cells in the premotor cortex of monkeys that had an unusual response pattern. They were activated when the monkeys performed a given action and, mirror-like, when they saw another individual perform that same movement. Since then, the precise function and influence of these neurons has become perhaps the most hyped topic in neuroscience.