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Higher-level processes in the formation and application of associations during action understanding

  • Lieke Heil (a1), Stan van Pelt (a1), Johan Kwisthout (a1), Iris van Rooij (a1) and Harold Bekkering (a1)...

The associative account described in the target article provides a viable explanation for the origin of mirror neurons. We argue here that if mirror neurons develop purely by associative learning, then they cannot by themselves explain intentional action understanding. Higher-level processes seem to be involved in the formation of associations as well as in their application during action understanding.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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