Mirroring People The New Science of How We Connect with Others

ISBN-10: 0374210179
ISBN-13: 9780374210175
Edition: 2008
Authors: Marco Iacoboni
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/13/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

What accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person’s head—to know what they’re thinking and feeling? “Mind reading” is the very heart of what it means to be human, creating a bridge between self and others that is fundamental to the development of culture and society. But until recently, scientists didn’t understand what in the brain makes it possible. nbsp; This has all changed in the last decade. Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist whose work has been covered in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the “smart cells” in our brain that allow us to understand others. From imitation to morality, from learning to addiction, from political affiliations to consumer choices, mirror neurons seem to have properties that are relevant to all these aspects of social cognition. As The New York Times reports: “The discovery is shaking up numerous scientific disciplines, shifting the understanding of culture, empathy, philosophy, language, imitation, autism and psychotherapy.” nbsp; Mirroring People is the first book for the general reader on this revolutionary new science.

Marco Iacoboni is Associate Professor and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center. He is also a member of the Brain Research Institute and of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development at UCLA.

Monkey See. Monkey Do
Neuro This!
Brain Surprises
The Fab Four
Mirrors in the Brain
I Know What You Are Doing
I Know What You Are Thinking
I Can Hear What You Are Doing
Mirroring Tool Use
I Know That You Are Copying Me
Simon Says
Copycat Cells
Resonating Bodies
Do What I Say, Not What I Do
Harry Potter and Professor Snape
Getting a Grip on Other Minds
Grasping Language
Do You See What I Am Saying?
Hand to Mouth
From Brain Mapping to Brain Zapping
Body Heat
Chat Rooms
Mirroring Speech and Other Sounds
See Me, Feel Me
Zidane's Head-Butt
Humans or Chameleons?
Empathic Mirrors
I Feel Your Pain
Maternal Empathy
Facing Yourself
Is It You or Is It Me?
The Mirror Recognition Test
Another Me
Zapping the Self
Two Sides of the Same Coin
Broken Mirrors
Baby Mirrors
The Teen Brain
Imitation and Autism
The Mirror Neuron Hypothesis of Autism
Broken Mirroring
Fixing the Broken Mirrors
Super Mirrors and the Wired Brain
Dark Waves in the Brain
In the Depth of the Human Brain
The Jennifer Aniston Cell
In Search of Super Mirror Neurons
The Bad and the Ugly: Violence and Drug Abuse
The Bad: The Controversy About Media Violence
Are We Autonomous Agents? Mirror Neurons and Free Will
The Ugly: Addiction and Its Relapse After Quitting
Mirroring Wanting and Liking
The Neuroscience of Buying
The One-Nighter: "Instant Science" and the Super Bowl
Mirroring Ads
The Effects of Negative Ads
Neuropolitics
Theories of Political Attitudes
Mirroring and the Political Junkie Brain
Brain Politics
Existential Neuroscience and Society
Mirror Cells Between Us
The Problem of Intersubjectivity
A New Existentialism
Neuroscience and Society
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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