publication . Other literature type . Article . 2006

Intentional attunement: A neurophysiological perspective on social cognition and its disruption in autism

Vittorio Gallese;
  • Published: 01 Mar 2006
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
A direct form of experiential understanding of others, "intentional attunement", is achieved by modeling their behavior as intentional experiences on the basis of the activation of shared neural systems underpinning what the others do an feel and what we do and feel. This modeling mechanism is embodied simulation. In parallel with the detached sensory description of the observed social stimuli, internal representations of the body states associated with actions, emotions, and sensations are evoked in the observer, as if he/she would be doing a similar action or experiencing a similar emotion or sensation. Mirror neuron systems are likely the neural correlate of ...
free text keywords: Developmental Biology, General Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Clinical Neurology, Embodied cognition, Psychology, Attunement, Cognition, Developmental disorder, medicine.disease, medicine, Mirror neuron, Sensation, Social cognition, Cognitive psychology, Communication, business.industry, business, Autism
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