“Mirror neurons “mirror” the behavior and emotions of the people surrounding us in such a way that the others become part of us. Knowing that such cells exist can explain many of the mysteries of human behavior. For instance, why it’s so hard to stick to a diet if you see people around you that eat the very thing you should not. Mirror neurons provide an answer.”
Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy. Christian is author of ‘The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature‘.