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The Mirror Neuron System and Its Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The discovery of mirror neurons and the mirror neuron system is one of the most interesting breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience in recent years. The topic stretches over a wide spectrum of research fields but one of the more prominent areas is concerned with the role of mirror neurons in autism spectrum disorder. It is hypothesized that an impaired mirror neuron system may be one of the main causes underlying the deficits seen in autistic individuals. Parallel to the broken mirror theory of autism there are critical voices claiming there is not enough empirical evidence to support such a theory. Research carried out in the area seems to offer support for both contradictory approaches making it hard to conclude the definite role of mirror neurons in this developmental disorder. Future research may offer conclusive answers concerning the role of the mirror neuron system in autism spectrum disorder as well as other important questions regarding the functional properties of the brain areas under question.

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2009. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
mirror neuron, the mirror neuron system, autism spectrum disorder, social interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-3128OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-3128DiVA: diva2:224036
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2009-06-06, Skövde, 00:00 (English)
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2009-08-14 Created: 2009-06-16 Last updated: 2009-08-14Bibliographically approved

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