Mirror Neurons and Social Cognition

Mind and Language 28 (2):233-257 (2013)

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Shannon Spaulding
Oklahoma State University
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Mirror neurons are widely regarded as an important key to social cognition. Despite such wide agreement, there is very little consensus on how or why they are important. The goal of this paper is to clearly explicate the exact role mirror neurons play in social cognition. I aim to answer two questions about the relationship between mirroring and social cognition: What kind of social understanding is involved with mirroring? How is mirroring related to that understanding? I argue that philosophical and empirical considerations lead us to accord a fairly minimal role for mirror neurons in social cognition.
Keywords Mirror neurons  Intention  Social cognition  Mindreading  Neurophilosophy  Cognitive science
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12017
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