Associative learning alone is insufficient for the evolution and maintenance of the human mirror neuron system
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Colleges, School and Institutes
Cook et al. argue that mirror neurons originate from associative learning processes, without evolutionary influence from social-cognitive mechanisms. We disagree with this claim and present arguments based upon cross-species comparisons, EEG findings, and developmental neuroscience that the evolution of mirror neurons is most likely driven simultaneously and interactively by evolutionarily adaptive psychological mechanisms and lower-level biological mechanisms that support them.
|Journal||Behavioral and Brain Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2014|