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CASD 7317X/CBSE 7685T Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Mirror Neurons

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Professor Susan Longtin

About Mirror Neurons

Mirror neurons are a unique subset of neurons located in motor areas of the brain, which are thought to play a central role in social communication and imitation. They are active not only during the execution of movements but also during the passive observation of movements made by others (Dinstein  & Behrman, 2013).  It has been hypothesized that the core social-communicaiton challenges that characterize ASD are due to impairments in the motor neuron system (MNS).

Mirror Neurons

Autism Encyclopedia on Mirror Neurons