Eye contact, cigarettes and charm: A macroscopic examination of mirror neuron literature and its ramifications for American society

SPRING JUNIOR PAPER ABSTRACT: To date, much of the research on the mirror neuron system (MNS) is rather insular in application and does not directly apply to or have significance for greater society. However, mirror neurons (MNs) have significant behavioral implications, especially in the realms of social and communicative behavior. Besides the evolutionary links between the F5 region and the Broca’s area in humans, this suggests that MNS structures could be present in other sociable species. For humans, MNS research has extremely interesting implications for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and cigarette, and possibly other forms of, addiction. As a result there is the possibility that MNS research could contribute alternative therapeutic solutions for those who suffer from MNS deficiencies.

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