Summary of Mirroring People

The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others

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Mirroring People book summary
When you smile, I smile. When you move, neurons fire in my brain. We are not atomized individuals.


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In this fascinating book, Marco Iacoboni wordily explains his research into mirror neurons, generally in language that laypeople can understand. He convincingly issues a challenge to the individualistic foundations of Western thought. People imitate one another, Iacoboni argues, on a neurological level: Their brains respond to the actions of others, almost as though they were doing those actions themselves. What’s more, different levels of neural activity occur depending on context and purpose. The human world is social, and each person’s actions have immediate, neurological implications for everyone else. Because of the number of fields Iacoboni touches on, and the broad implications mirror neurons have for society, getAbstract recommends his book to readers who are interested in communication, advertising, cognitive science and philosophy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What mirror neurons are
  • How mirror neurons work
  • What are the social and philosophical implications of mirror neurons


Reading the World, Reading Each Other
As you move through life, you “read the world.” More than anything, this means you read the people you encounter. You interpret their faces, gestures and moods based on subtle behavioral cues. You can fathom “the deepest aspects of the minds of others...
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About the Author

Marco Iacoboni directs the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at the University of California Los Angeles.

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