The Brain Private Fort or Social Arena?

Mirror neurons are famous. Some would argue that they are too famous for their own good, others would say that they are the biggest discovery since Dennis Lillee got caught with an aluminium cricket bat.  Well now we are realising that they are not just about movement - here Shikta Dey talks about an interesting paper she has just read, on that … [Read more...]

A Head Full of Mirrors

Yet another addition to the bucketload of literature on mirror neurons - this one by folks at UCLA. These guys inserted electrodes into the accessible brain areas of 21 patients who were having brain surgery for their epilepsy. Once the electrodes were in place and the patient was (presumably) sitting up in bed a relatively happy camper, they … [Read more...]