Where we see it is not where it is: integrating vision and touch through a mirror

If you haven’t seen it before, I recommend this footage showing the moment when a tribe on Papua New Guinea meets a white man for the first time in 1976. Although these people had likely seen the reflection of their own body in rivers before, look at their reactions when, for the first time, they see themselves reflected in a mirror (around min … [Read more...]

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...]