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Mirror Neurons in Depth

Dr. Dan Siegel | 2:48


But when you look at the details of how these neurons to system of mirror neurons, how it works, then the exciting discoveries unfold. So if I were studying your mirror neurons, what would happen is, if I did an action that was just totally random, your mirror neurons would not fire.

If I did an action, which had kind of repetition to it even, you may not be able to figure out what I was intending to do after just one or two repetitions. But if I were to take an object, that would signify to you what I was trying to do like this bottle of water, just notice what your feeling is.

So you may have noticed that the feeling was very different when I had a bottle in my hand, versus when I was just moving my hand in a similar way. What that tells us is that when you know the intention, behind an action, a different system and your brain is activated. We now know that that system involves the mirror neurons and other areas of the brain. So that what you do is you follow a sequence of action.

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