Mirror neurons and mirror-touch synesthesia

Omer Linkovski, Naama Katzin, Moti Salti

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Abstract

Since mirror neurons were introduced to the neuroscientific community more than 20 years ago, they have become an elegant and intuitive account for different cognitive mechanisms (e.g., empathy, goal understanding) and conditions (e.g., autism spectrum disorders). Recently, mirror neurons were suggested to be the mechanism underlying a specific type of synesthesia. Mirror-touch synesthesia is a phenomenon in which individuals experience somatosensory sensations when seeing someone else being touched. Appealing as it is, careful delineation is required when applying this mechanism. Using the mirror-touch synesthesia case, we put forward theoretical and methodological issues that should be addressed before relying on the mirror-neurons account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscientist
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • F5
  • Mirror neurons
  • Mirror touch
  • Motor cortex
  • Synesthesia
  • Threshold theory

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