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Mirror Neurons

Mirror Neurons

Playing tracks by

Louis Armstrong and Hall and Oates.

Can a special kind of brain cell explain why we have empathy for each other and what makes us human? Mirror neurons are changing the way that we think about action and perception and today on the show Suilin Lavelle shows us how.

Dr. Suilin Lavelle is a teaching fellow in the department of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. You can see her explaining her research here: http://vimeo.com/43398983 and read about her work here: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/people/jane-suilin-lavelle

For speculation about what mirror neurons mean for society, you can watch Jeremy Rifkin riff on the empathic civilization:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g
To find out more about mirror neurons, you can watch V.S. Ramachandran's full TED talk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0pwKzTRG5E
Check this out for Frans De Waal on moral behaviour in animals:
http://www.ted.com/talks/frans_de_waal_do_animals_have_morals.html

Show credits:
Host- Mark Dance
Production help- Leonie Wolters

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