Abnormal Brain Activity During The Observation Of Others' Actions, ScienceDaily Bookmark and Share

Excerpts: In a study that broadens our understanding of the neural basis of social interactions, researchers (...) have shown that individuals with autism display abnormal patterns of activity in brain circuits that underlie the understanding of other people's behavior. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized in part by marked social deficits. (...) The basis of the study is a population of brain cells called mirror neurons, (...). As such, complex behaviors such as imitation, emotional processing, and language may depend on a simulation-like process whereby the observation of motor, sensory, or affective (e.g., emotional) states in others activates corresponding representations in the observer. (...)