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Mesial frontal cortex and super mirror neurons

  • Marco Iacoboni (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2008

Depth electrode recordings in the human mesial frontal cortex have revealed individual neurons with mirror properties. A third of these cells have excitatory properties during action execution and inhibitory properties during action observation. These cells – which we call super mirror neurons – provide the neural mechanism that implements the functions of layers 3+4 of the shared circuits model (SCM).

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