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The alluring but misleading analogy between mirror neurons and the motor theory of speech.

Authors
  • Holt, Lori L
  • Lotto, Andrew J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Behavioral and brain sciences
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2014
Volume
37
Issue
2
Pages
204–205
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X13002331
PMID: 24775161
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Speech is commonly claimed to relate to mirror neurons because of the alluring surface analogy of mirror neurons to the Motor Theory of speech perception, which posits that perception and production draw upon common motor-articulatory representations. We argue that the analogy fails and highlight examples of systems-level developmental approaches that have been more fruitful in revealing perception-production associations.

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