Discussion 8 Part 1
Read “Mirror neurons and their function in cognitively understood Empathy” , and then discuss, in general terms, what the mirror neurons system is (using the article as a primary source). Are there certain parts of the brain that have a higher number of these cells? Also consider how plasticity relates to this. In other words, is it possible that mirror neurons are the product of the environment to a certain extent? Support your responses.
Discussion 8 Part 2
Read “THE MIRROR-NEURON SYSTEM”, and then discuss the purpose, general methods, main results, and significance of the studies. Considering the function of empathy from the perspective of a cognitive neuroscientist, what adaptive functions could empathy serve? Also, consider the implications of lacking empathy.