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Monday, October 30, 2006

Mirror Neurons & Autism

Have you ever seen someone take a bite out of a red juicey apple and almost tasted it youself. That is the work of your "mirror neurons" doing their job. They were first discovered in the early 1990s, when a team of Italian researchers found individual "mirrror neurons" in the brains of macaque monkeys that fired both when the monkeys grabbed an object and also when the monkeys watched another primate grab the same object. Disgust, embarassment, and lust are based on a uniquely human mirror neuron system found in a part of the brain called the insula.
There has been new research done into the area of these mirror cells and Autism. Ever since autism was identified It has been a struggle to find out what causes it. We know It can be inherited, but the enviroment may also play some part. In people with autism their main signs are lack of eye contact and absence of empathy. They may also have problems understanding metaphors, sometimes taking them literally. Another very unusual behavior is an extreme dislike or complete aversion to certain sounds or noises that sets off bells in their heads. This Is A GREAT article by
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Lindsay M. Oberman in Scientific American
about Autistic children and the reserch done on the mirror cells. I could not stop reading.
I hope Every one likes it.


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