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In this commentary, we propose an extension of the associative approach of mirror neurons, namely, ideomotor theory. Ideomotor theory assumes that actions are controlled by anticipatory representations of their sensory consequences. As we outline below, this extension is necessary to clarify a number of empirical observations that are difficult to explain from a purely associative perspective.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X13002239

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Brain Sci

Publication Date

04/2014

Volume

37

Pages

195 - 196

Keywords

Animals, Biological Evolution, Brain, Humans, Learning, Mirror Neurons, Social Perception