Mirror neurons extend to emotion.
The mirror neuron system allows OCD sufferers to watch others play out compulsions and thereby alleviate their own obsessions. The example used is hand-washing, a not uncommon OCD ritual. Whilst interesting, and perhaps valuable to OCD sufferers, it also suggests that mirror neurons are connected to people’s emotion networks. This would consequently constitute an important area for research.
Link to article: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143039-watching-others-wash-their-hands-may-relieve-ocd-symptoms/
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