TSU will investigate the role of mirror neurons in time perception


Scientists at the Department of Human and Animal Physiology at TSU’s Biological Institute are studying the activity of a mirror neuron system that operates when people perceive short intervals of time. The function performed by mirror neurons in cognitive processes is not fully understood and is the subject of scientific disputes. They may well play an important role in learning and emotional behavior. The studies are being conducted with the group for neuroimaging of cognitive functions at the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute.

Mirror neurons of the brain were first found in macaques. Now it is reliably known that nerve cells of this type are found in primates, humans, and some birds. A feature of mirror neurons is that they are excited both in the performance of a certain action and in monitoring it.

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