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Mirror, Mirror in the Brain: Do You Feel Another’s Pain?

Professor Michael Arbib

Mirror neurons were discovered in the early 1990s by a group in Parma. A mirror neuron in monkey cortex would fire not only when the monkey executed a certain action but also when it saw that action being performed by someone else. Professor Arbib will discuss how mirror neurons are involved in a range of distinctively human functions (such as imitation, empathy, and language). The discussion of empathy will answer the question posed by the title.

Instructor: Michael Arbib is Professor Emeritus at USC and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at UC San Diego. His current interests include the relation between mirror neurons and the evolution of the human language-ready brain, and linkages between architecture and neuroscience. The most recent of his 43 books is From Neuron to Cognition via Computational Neuroscience.

Coordinator: Joel E. Dimsdale

Course Number: OSHR-70156   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
07/13/2017 In-class 125111 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla