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‘Mirror neurons’ track thoughts and intentions

This finding gives more reason for designing learning based on eliciting different perspectives and opinions. Guess that's why blogs are so 'mentally' engaging.

In research published in PLoS Biology, scientists led by Marco Iacoboni discovered that the brain's "mirror neurons" are active when we are trying to work out other people's thoughts and intentions.

'Mirror neurons' are a set of cells in the frontal lobe of the brain, named because as well as being active when we execute actions, they are also active when we observe the actions of someone else.

They discovered that part of the activity in the 'mirror neuron' system was specifically related to perceiving intentions, rather than watching actions in general.

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