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Mirror Neurons

NOVA | 13:53

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Hello again, I gaze into a mirror. And what do you see? Well, I see my face of course. But in my face, I see moods, I see shifts of feeling. We humans are really good at reading faces and bodies. Because if I can look at you, and feel what you're feeling, I can learn from you connect to you, I can love you. Empathy is one of our finer traits. And when it happens, it happens so easily perhaps because and this is brand new science. This is just out of the lab, we may have some special circuitry in our brains, that helps us whenever we look at each other.


And ask yourself, why do people get so involved so deeply, deeply involved? With such anguish? Such pain, such nail biting tension over football? Leave the Browns are gambling on defense.


Why are we such suckers for sports.


And it's not just sports, we can lose it completely at the movies and video games.


Watching the dance, is there something about humans, humans, particularly, that allows us to connect so deeply when we watch other people watch the moving, watch them play watch their faces? Well, as it happens, scientists have an explanation for this strange ability to connect. It's new, it's never been found in on a cellular level before a set of brain cells found on either side of the head. Among all the billions of long branching cells in our brain, these so called mirror neurons have surprising power. 


What we found is the mechanism that underlies something which is absolutely fundamental to the way that we see other people in the world.


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