More than an imitation game: top-down modulation of the human mirror system

Campbell, Megan E. J. and Cunnington, Ross (2017) More than an imitation game: top-down modulation of the human mirror system. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 75 195-202. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.035


Author Campbell, Megan E. J.
Cunnington, Ross
Title More than an imitation game: top-down modulation of the human mirror system
Journal name Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-7528
0149-7634
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.035
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 75
Start page 195
End page 202
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
2802 Behavioral Neuroscience
Abstract All interpersonal interactions are underpinned by action: perceiving and understanding the actions of others, and responding by planning and performing self-made actions. Perception of action, both self-made and observed, informs ongoing motor responses by iterative feedback within a perception-action loop. This fundamental phenomenon occurs within single-cells of the macaque brain which demonstrate sensory and motor response properties. These ‘mirror’ neurons have led to a swathe of research leading to the broadly accepted idea of a human mirror system. The current review examines the putative human mirror system literature to highlight several inconsistencies in comparison to the seminal macaque data, and ongoing controversies within human focused research (including mirror neuron origin and function). In particular, we will address the often-neglected other side to the ‘mirror’: complementary and opposing actions. We propose that engagement of the mirror system in meeting changing task-demands is dynamically modulated via frontal control networks.
Keyword Cognitive control
Counter-imitation
Imitation
Mirror neuron system
Perception-action
Sensorimotor associations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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