Mirror neurons are central for a second-person neuroscience: Insights from developmental studies

Elizabeth Ann Simpson, Pier Francesco Ferrari

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Based on mirror neurons' properties, viewers are emotionally engaged when observing others - even when not actively interacting; therefore, characterizing non-participatory action-viewing as isolated may be misleading. Instead, we propose a continuum of socio-emotional engagement. We also highlight recent developmental work that uses a second-person perspective, investigating behavioral, physiological, and neural activity during caregiver-infant interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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