Interview Compilations

What are mirror neurons?
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Mirror Mechanisms Application in Neurorehabilitation Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti’s study shows that mirror neurons fire when the subject observes or performs a specific action and that it also activates the motor cortex simply by observation. Therefore, he explains that this activation of the mirror neuron... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:04:38
Mirror Neurons: From Monkeys to Humans Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti explains how he discovered mirror neurons in humans. Once he discovered the existence of mirror neurons in monkeys, he decided to investigate if the same mechanisms existed in humans and found that they are, in fact, present.... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:07:24
Modulation of Emotional Responses Emotional responses are control by the prefrontal lobe. Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti discusses the blocking mechanism in the prefrontal lobe, which helps people in reduce of intensity of their emotions and actions (e.g., empathetic reactions). He explains... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:01:19
Observation and Skill Learning Mirror neurons help in skill acquisition by mere observation. That is, they allow us to learn skills simply by watching. It has also been shown that rehearsing or repeating an action is beneficial to skill learning. Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti explains... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:02:00
The Discovery of Mirror Neurons Dr. Rizzolatti is an Italian Neurophysiologist and professor at the University of Parma in Italy. He discovered unique neurons in the frontal and premotor cortex while doing research on the neural representation of motor movements in monkeys. Unlike... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:03:34
The Evolution of Language from Gestures Together with Dr. Michael Arbib, Dr. Rizzolatti published an interesting account of the evolution of language from gestures instead of the more commonly associated calls of animals. He provides a number of arguments in favor of this hypothesis -... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:07:39
The Processing of Intentions in Autistic Children Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti explains that a motor act (e.g., picking up chocolate with the intention of eating it) elicits two types of information: (1) the goal and (2) the intention underlying it. Children with autism are able to realize these two... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:04:54
Two Ways of Understanding Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti explains that the mirror neuron system is not always enough for understanding to take place. This is because the mirror system does not work with inferences about a situation beyond what the individual has experienced. Instead... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:04:20
Understanding Actions of Others Mirror neurons fire when an animal or human acts or observes someone performing the same task. Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti discusses the function of mirror neurons in the parietal-frontal mirror circuit. Imitation seems to be the more reasonable function... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:03:39