Wave “Hello!” to our newest neuron - Mirror Neuron!
A Mirror Neuron is a type of neuron that is activated both when someone does an action (such as waving) or sees someone perform that same action . It is thought that mirror neurons may underlie our ability to empathize with others. Mirror neurons may also be important for learning new skills by mirroring or imitating what someone else is doing.
Interestingly, mirror neurons are found in humans, non-human primates, and in birds!
Baird AD, Scheffer IE, Wilson SJ. Mirror neuron system involvement in empathy: A critical look at the evidence. Social Neuroscience 2011;6:327–335.