Mirror neuron activation is associated with facial emotion processing

Enticott, Peter G., Johnston, Patrick J., Herring, Sally E., Hoy, Kate E., & Fitzgerald, Paul B. (2008) Mirror neuron activation is associated with facial emotion processing. Neuropsychologia, 46(11), pp. 2851-2854.

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Abstract

Theoretical accounts suggest that mirror neurons play a crucial role in social cognition. The current study used transcranial-magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate the association between mirror neuron activation and facialemotion processing, a fundamental aspect of social cognition, among healthy adults (n = 20). Facial emotion processing of static (but not dynamic) images correlated significantly with an enhanced motor response, proposed to reflect mirror neuron activation. These correlations did not appear to reflect general facial processing or pattern recognition, and provide support to current theoretical accounts linking the mirror neuron system to aspects of social cognition. We discuss the mechanism by which mirror neurons might facilitate facial emotion recognition.

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ID Code: 78990
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mirror neurons, premotor cortex, facial emotion processing, social cognition, transcranial magnetic stimulation
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.04.022
ISSN: 0028-3932
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 00:19
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 01:50

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