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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Vilayanur S. Ramachandran


V. S. Ramachandran        Empathy Expert Big Page: Vilayanur Ramachandran

Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego,
Cognitive neuroscience - say mirror neurons could be for imitation, learning and language acquisition
Author: A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness
Video: TED talk on mirror neurons.



Wikipedia: Mirror neurons
"Ramachandran is known for advocating the importance of mirror neurons. Ramachandran has stated that the discovery of mirror neurons is the most important unreported story of the last decade. (Mirror neurons were first reported in a paper published in 1992 by a team of researchers led by Giacomo Rizzolatti at the University of Parma.) Ramachandran has speculated that research into the role of mirror neurons will help explain a variety of human mental capacities ranging from empathy, imitation learning, and the evolution of language. Ramachandran has also theorized that mirror neurons may be the key to understanding the neurological basis of human self awareness.

Ramchandran has theorized that in addition to motor command mirror neurons there are mirror neurons that are activated when a person observes someone else being touched. In 2008 Ramachandran conducted an experiment in which several phantom arm patients reported feeling touch signals on their phantom arms when they observed the arm of a student being touched. In a 2009 discussion of this theory Ramachandran and Althschuler called these mirror neurons "touch mirror neurons.""

2012-03-29 - Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy?
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us--and what they don't--about empathy and other skills

MIRROR NEURONS and imitation learning as the driving force behind "the great leap forward" in human evolution

The discovery of mirror neurons in the frontal lobes of monkeys, and their potential relevance to human brain evolution which I speculate on in this essay is the single most important "unreported" (or at least, unpublicized) story of the decade. I predict that mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology: they will provide a unifying framework and help explain a host of mental abilities that have hitherto remained mysterious and inaccessible to experiments.


Mirror Neurons - Brain Science of Compassion

"The only barrier between your consciousness and my consciousness is my bloody skin." World expert on the neuroscience of mirror neurons, Prof. V.S. Ramachandran of UC San Diego shares recent scientific findings on the neuroscience of empathy and compassion with the Dalai Lama."



Being Human: Perception & Sensations from Being Human on


Neuroscientist says we are all one. 'Empathy neurons.' 

VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.


 Mirror Neurons


Art, Reality, and the Brain: The Quest for Aesthetic Universals - Dr. V.S. Ramachandran