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Gazzola, V., Aziz-Zadeh, L., & Keysers, C. (2006). Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Current Biology, 16, 1824–1829. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.07.072
BibTeX citation key: Gazzola2006
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Keywords: Mirror neurons, Presence
Creators: Aziz-Zadeh, Gazzola, Keysers
Collection: Current Biology
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Abstract
"How do we understand the actions of other individualsif we can only hear them? Auditory mirror neurons re-spond both while monkeys perform hand or mouth ac-tions and while they listen to sounds of similar actions[1, 2]. This system might be critical for auditory actionunderstanding and language evolution[1–6]. Prelimi-nary evidence suggests that a similar system may ex-ist in humans[7–10]. Using fMRI, we searched for brainareas that respond both during motor execution andwhen individuals listened to the sound of an actionmade by the same effector. We show that a left hemi-spheric temporo-parieto-premotor circuit is activatedin both cases, providing evidence for a human audi-tory mirror system. In the left premotor cortex, a soma-totopic pattern of activation was also observed: Adorsal cluster was more involved during listeningand execution of hand actions, and a ventral clusterwas more involved during listening and execution ofmouth actions. Most of this system appears to be mul-timodal because it also responds to the sight of similaractions. Finally, individuals who scored higher on anempathy scale activated this system more strongly,adding evidence for a possible link between the motormirror system and empathy."
  
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