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Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I don't really see how this qualifies as 'mind reading'.
Originally posted by Produkt
No where in any of the source's does it state anything about mirror neuron's being tied into psychic abilities. That's a bold assumption and in my opinion, not new's worthy when none of the article's discuss the assumption concluded by this post.
Originally posted by Produkt
I have done a google search, and most I could find were other article's written in the same manner as the one's you posted. The usage of "mind reading" in the title of the article, then the discussion of empathy.
Psychoanalysis has always identified the body as the source of the energies alimenting psychic representations. Interestingly, some recent developments in cognitive neuroscience have emphasized the role of the acting body and of sensory-motor systems in constituting the way our mind represent reality, by shaping our cognitive schemas (see Gallese and Umiltà 2002; Gallese et al 2004; Gallese 2005a, b).
Mirror neurons and Intentional Attunement
...everything that constitutes us on the level that we call psychic...
Source: Imitation, Mirror Neurons, & Mimetic Desire: Convergent Support for the Work of Rene Girard Fuller Theological Seminary
The Roots of Empathy: The Shared Manifold Hypothesis and the Neural Basis of Intersubjectivity
The author postulates that the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience is based on the assumption that both deal with virtual structures. They are two facets of the same noumenal reality, but with different phenomenal realities, and it is possible to use metapsychology as a lingua franca to develop communication between the two fields. In the second part of the paper, the author reflects on the results of recent neurophysiological research which seem to offer to psychoanalysis possibilities for finding an anatomical physiological correlate of some well-known psychic phenomena and mechanisms, such as imitation, introjection, identification, empathy, identity, mother child communication, learning, social communication and the analyst patient relationship. Particular neurons, called mirror neurons, have been located in the F5 area of baboons' brains. They are also present in man's brain within Broca's area. These neurons activate our motor system during both the performance of actions and the observation of actions performed by others giving rise to an automatic response, a sort of simulation or, rather, imitation, as the process is not intentional, but automatic and unaware, that is, unconscious.
Notes for a dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. Int J Psychoanal. 2005 Oct;86(Pt 5):1405-23. Scalzone F. MC5347@mclink.it PMID: 16174615