Mirror Neurons = Compassion

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When reading through this section I found mirror neurons to be especially interesting. I found the correlation especially interesting because you don't (when first looking at the vocabulary) directly relate mirror neurons and compassion. However when you think about it a little more in depth mirror neurons are partially responsible for your compassion. They allow you to imitate others thereby learning how to act like your model. By learning how your model acts you are able to predict how your model might react. By understanding how your model may react gives you a better understanding of why that person is the way they are, making you feel compassion for them if they are upset or hurt. Have you ever wondered why you feel compassion for somebody?

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Way to pick up on a particularly cool and hot topic in psychology Krista!

Mirror neurons might explain a whole host of psychological phenomenon, especially our ability to empathize with others and why we love movies!

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