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Mirror neurons: Tests and testability

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 April 2014

Caroline Catmur
Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
Clare Press
Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom.;
Richard Cook
Department of Psychology, City University London, London EC1R 0JD, United Kingdom.
Geoffrey Bird
Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC), Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London SE5 8AF, United Kingdom.
Cecilia Heyes
All Souls College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 4AL, United Kingdom. Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UD, United Kingdom.


Commentators have tended to focus on the conceptual framework of our article, the contrast between genetic and associative accounts of mirror neurons, and to challenge it with additional possibilities rather than empirical data. This makes the empirically focused comments especially valuable. The mirror neuron debate is replete with ideas; what it needs now are system-level theories and careful experiments – tests and testability.

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