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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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The role of the mirror system in embodied communication

The role of the mirror system in embodied communication

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(p.129) 7 The role of the mirror system in embodied communication
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Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines
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Natalie Sebanz

Günther Knoblich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.003.0007

This chapter reviews current evidence on mirroring in an attempt to identify what the mirror system can and cannot do for embodied communication. It asks what mirroring does and does not buy us, discussing its role in understanding and predicting others' behaviour, and in creating emotional bonds with others. More sophisticated social interactions that involve imitation, joint attention, joint action, mind reading, or verbal communication require additional cognitive mechanisms. This chapter specifies how different cognitive functions could control and interact with mirroring in order to enable these social skills.

Keywords:   mirroring, embodied communication, social interaction, imitation, joint attention, joint action, mind reading, verbal communication, cognitive mechanisms

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