Mirror Neurons and Asperger’s Syndrome
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Mirror Neurons and Asperger’s Syndrome

It is believed by many that mirror neurons enable humans to emulate others and thereby empathise with one another. If true, functioning mirror neurons are essential for the socialization of children, and their lack of function would result in the social isolation typical of individuals on the autistic spectrum.This short clip explains the action of these neurons and the testing of their funtionality. The case of a boy with Asperger’s...

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Mirror Neuron Hypothesis of Autism
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Mirror Neuron Hypothesis of Autism

Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D. discusses the mirror neuron hypothesis of autism which suggests that reduced mirror neuron activity may be a central feature of autism. Mirror neurons are cells concerned with motor behavior and are considered neural precursors of neural systems concerned with language and social interactions. Series: M.I.N.D. Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders [6/2008] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID:...

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Depth Electrode Recordings in the Brain
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Depth Electrode Recordings in the Brain

 Marco Iacoboni, MD PhD, is a neurologist and neuroscientist originally from Italy. Today he is at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and is Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation laboratory of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Iacoboni s lab is arguably the leading lab in human mirror neuron research and he has a...

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Theoretical Aims on Music for Prosody in Speech Therapy Setting
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Theoretical Aims on Music for Prosody in Speech Therapy Setting

An Evolutionary Perspective This lecture is focused on an important skill. We will try to understand the reason why studying music can be relevant during a speech therapy setting. Actually, many researchers want do discover why music is present in all human cultures of the world. We think music is directly connected with language, especially with spoken language. According to a phylogenetic investigation we believe that verbal...

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Roboetica: tra scienza e realtà
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Roboetica: tra scienza e realtà

Analisi critica delle tre leggi di Asimov Isaac Asimov è stato certamente uno dei padri concettuali della moderna robotica; egli, in quanto scienziato e scrittore di fantascienza, fantasticò sulla struttura e sul funzionamento di organismi artificiali talmente evoluti da essere perfino dotati di una coscienza. Tuttavia, a partire proprio da questo “traguardo”, Asimov si rese conto che le sue “creature” potevano...

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