The mirror neurons system (MNS) is defined currently as a “biological basis for
The mirror neurons system (MNS) is defined currently as a “biological basis for social cognition” (Corradini & Antonietti, 2013). This means that people use what they see and can physically empathize with another person. This is demonstrated through the visual representations of facial expressions and then asking the participants to make those expressions as well. In doing so those expressions are recognized and even felt in the moment, but it is felt whether the participants are making the same expressions or not, this was observed in fMRI monitoring (Corradini & Antonietti, 2013). It is summarized that when a person is witnessing an action, whether they are actively participating in that action or not, that person is feeling exactly what is happening. A good example is when in a large group if some people are laughing, someone will probably start laughing as well even if they do not understand what is funny about the situation (Corradini & Antonietti, 2013). Many approaches in psychology recognize that personality is a result of many factors, but that social environment is a big part of that. Cognitive and biology psychology recognize neural plasticity as our brains adapting to external stimuli over time. It has been supported numerous times of its existence with physical evidence and it has merit. It would only make sense that this process would affect MNS as well. Based on my experience, I believe that this is why there is desensitization with emotions in recent years because entertainment media has become so realistic that the movies and television shows we all watch has such extreme emotions and violence attached to them we can become acclimated with lesser emotional experiences in reality. While the system is named for its effect of people doing as they see, I can see another meaning it in. A mirror can be seen as a representation of ourselves and if we see behavior, we believe will make our self-representation stronger we will try to act in that way as well, we put out what we want others to see. If not for our biology, we would not be physical in this world, it only makes sense that there is a biological mechanism for these systems so that our bodily machines can operate. Everything has its place and function that helps us survive in our environments. This article talks about how we apply empathy based on our lived-in body and that others are just like us, not an individual outside object that is different from us (Corradini & Antonietti, 2013). We feel what is inputted in us, which is through all of the senses like vision. References Corradini, A., & Antonietti, A. (2013). Mirror neurons and their function in cognitively understood empathy. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 1152-1161. answer and respond to this students post

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