Vilayanur Ramachandran - Mirror Neurons
A fascinating TED Talk by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran about the function and evidence for mirror neurons. The talk discusses how this neuropsychological mechanism has shaped human evolution and particularly our interactions with each other in society. Could mirror neurons be a key to understanding the puzzle of how and why people today seem to be able to so quickly identify with and react emotionally and intensely to avatars, which are – after all – really just pixels flashing on a screen. Perhaps we play with avatars the way younger children play with dolls and puppets – as stand-ins for social interaction.