Deciphering mirror neurons: Rational decision versus associative learning

Elias L. Khalil

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The rational-decision approach is superior to the associative-learning approach of Cook et al. at explaining why mirror neurons fire or do not fire-even when the stimulus is the same. The rational-decision approach is superior because it starts with the analysis of the intention of the organism, that is, with the identification of the specific objective or goal that the organism is trying to maximize.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-207
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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