What’s So Special about Mirror Neurons?

By Ben Thomas

Iacoboni, as usual, takes a more integrative view: Current theories of empathy suggest a multilayer functional structure, with a core layer of automatic responses to reproduce the affective states of others.

Mirror neurons are likely cellular candidates for the core layer of empathy. And it’s that core layer of empathy, Iacobini says, that likely lies at the root of true action understanding.