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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).
J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Oct;17(10):1239-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2010.01.026. Epub 2010 Jul 2. Mirror neuron dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders. Perkins T1, Stokes M, McGillivray J, Bittar R.
Autism Encyclopedia on Mirror Neurons
Ilan Dinstein , Marlene Behrman, "Mirror Neuron System." Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2013), pp 1867-1877