Mirror neuron activity is no proof for action understanding.

Steinhorst, Alina and Funke, Joachim (2014) Mirror neuron activity is no proof for action understanding. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

Full text available as:

PDF - Published Version


We focus on the thesis that action understanding is a function of the mirror neuron system. According to our opinion, understanding is a process that runs through hermeneutic circles from the “Vorverständnis” (“previous understanding”) to steps of deeper understanding. Our critique relates to the narrow neuroscientific definition of action understanding as the capacity to recognize several movements as belonging to one action. After a reconstruction of the model's developments, we will challenge the claims of the model by Rizzolatti and Sinigaglia (2010). By analyzing the relation between the experimental results and its interpretation, we will conclude that there is no proof that mirror neuron activity leads to action understanding.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:action recognition; action understanding; function of the mirror neuron system; goal coding; mirror neuron activity
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:9833
Deposited By: Funke, Dr. Joachim
Deposited On:18 Feb 2017 22:05
Last Modified:18 Feb 2017 22:05


Repository Staff Only: item control page