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The interpretation of mu suppression as an index of mirror neuron activity: past, present and future

The interpretation of mu suppression as an index of mirror neuron activity: past, present and future

Hobson, Hannah and Bishop, Dorothy V. M. (2017) The interpretation of mu suppression as an index of mirror neuron activity: past, present and future. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (3):160662. ISSN 2054-5703 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160662)

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Abstract

Mu suppression studies have been widely used to infer the activity of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) in a number of processes, ranging from action understanding, language, empathy and the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Although mu suppression is enjoying a resurgence of interest, it has a long history. This review aimed to revisit mu’s past, and examine its recent use to investigate MNS involvement in language, social processes and ASDs. Mu suppression studies have largely failed to produce robust evidence for the role of the MNS in these domains. Several key potential shortcomings with the use and interpretation of mu suppression, documented in the older literature and highlighted by more recent reports, are explored here.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: electroencephalogram, mirror neurons, mu rhythm, alpha rhythm
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2018 14:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19509

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