RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilization
Mirror neurons tell us what others feel
Mines the discovery, evolution, and function of mirror neurons in the human brain, and mentions briefly that other animals possess them, dogs and chimps for example.
Notes that the brain's amazing mirror neurons fire, in the exact same way, whether a person is performing an action or watching someone else do it.
In other words, if a child watches his mother pour maple syrup on his pancake, his brain responds as if the child were doing the pouring. The real power here lies in the fact that the child is able to imitate the action because she has experienced it in her brain already.
This is the most basic form of learning. The implications for human beings are vast and remarkable.
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