I was attracted to this story for a number of reasons, then I remembered another reason the term seemed so common to me. With all of this Mueller report business and the Russia angles, the connection to the psychological is always pertinent.
From Mirror Neurons profile page.
I came to Yabberz while attending a course in Communicology at Univ. of Hawaii. The avatar name, MirrorNeuron, came to me while attending the course, taught, incidentally, by a 20-year friend who also heads the department. Having completed a few research projects, the last of which having to do with scientific manipulation of emotion during election cycles, I jumped at the chance to participate on Yabberz, first site outside of facebook I ever wrote on; my facebook presence is Mandarin Chinese.
"Researchers have found that the rat brain activates the same cells when they observe the pain of others as when they experience pain themselves. In addition, without activity of these 'mirror neurons,' the animals no longer share the pain of others. Finding the neural basis for sharing the emotions of others is an exciting step towards understanding empathy."
Do rats have empathy for other rats?
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