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Mirror Neurons


Robert Krulwich




Why do sports fans feel so emotionally invested in the game, reacting almost as if they were part of the game themselves? According to provocative discoveries in brain imaging, inside our heads we constantly "act out" and imitate whatever activity we're observing.


Hello again. 

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. Cuz 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. At each other, ask yourself, why do people get so involved so deeply, deeply involved with such anguish, such pain, such nail biting tension over football.

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