Is the mirror neuron system involved in imitation? A short review and meta-analysis

Molenberghs, Pascal, Cunnington, Ross and Mattingley, Jason (2009) Is the mirror neuron system involved in imitation? A short review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience And Biobehavioral Reviews, 33 7: 975-980. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2009.03.010

Author Molenberghs, Pascal
Cunnington, Ross
Mattingley, Jason
Title Is the mirror neuron system involved in imitation? A short review and meta-analysis
Journal name Neuroscience And Biobehavioral Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7634
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2009.03.010
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 7
Start page 975
End page 980
Total pages 6
Editor Brown, Verity J
Porrino, Linda, J
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject C1
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract It has been suggested that the mirror neuron system provides an important neural Substrate for humans' ability to imitate. Mirror neurons have been found during single-cell recordings in monkeys in area F5 and PF. It is believed that the human equivalent of this mirror system in humans is the pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus (area 44) and the rostral part of the inferior parietal lobule. This article critically reviews published fMRI studies that examined the role of frontal and parietal brain regions in imitation. A meta-analysis using activation likelihood estimation (ALE) revealed that the superior parietal lobule, inferior parietal lobule, and the dorsal premotor cortex but not the inferior frontal gyrus, are all commonly involved in imitation. An additional meta-analysis using a label-based review confirmed that in the frontal lobe, the premotor Cortex rather than the inferior frontal gyrus is consistently active in studies investigating imitation. In the parietal region the Superior and inferior parietal lobules are equally activated during imitation. Our results suggest that parietal and frontal regions which extend beyond the classical mirror neuron network are crucial for imitation. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Neurosciences & Neurology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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