Ever noticed that you feel happy around happy people and sad around sad or depressed people, or even agitated around anxious people? Research shows that if you spend enough time with people, their emotions will actually rub off on you. This is known as " emotional contagion " and is facilitated by an interconnected network of cells in the brain that make up the Mirror Neuron System MNS. The MNS is a bit like a high-definition camera that observes and records every detail of people's facial expressions, body language, pupil movements and even vocal tones. So if you're hanging out with someone who is happy, and their happiness is written all over their face, so to speak, your MNS will record their displays of happiness but it will also signal the same displays in you.
Mirror neurons: The most powerful learning tool
Mirror neuron - Wikipedia
A mirror neuron is a neuron which fires both when an animal performs an action and when the animal observes the same action performed by another especially conspecific animal. Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of another animal, as though the observer were itself performing the action. These neurons have been directly observed in primates, and are believed to exist in humans and in some birds. In humans, brain activity consistent with mirror neurons has been found in the premotor cortex and the inferior parietal cortex. Some scientists consider mirror neurons one of the most important findings of neuroscience in the last decade. Among them is V.
Mirror neurons. Imitation has always been a powerful learning tool. The human brain is enabled with different mechanisms that allow us to imitate actions. Babies are capable of reproducing facial expressions, and as adults, we imitate basic behavior. Laughter can be spread, we can cry while watching a sad movie… It seems like we have the capacity to feel what others feel, empathize with them and understand their feelings.
Mirror neurons are based on empathy. Just recognize that your body language and facial expressions reflect mood, so use these as tools to raise the mood of both of you. Illustration courtesy of Lecia Bushak Share this story. The more we activate our interoceptive and mirror neurons the greater our potential for building rapport and communication. When Joe sat down on in chair, the same neurons fired in his brain as when he watched his friend Dave sit down in a chair.