Friday, November 30, 2007
Mirror Neuron Survey Results
Ok, the results are in! A majority (62%) of Talking Brains readers shun mirror neurons as the primary substrate for speech perception. Only 13% believe these cells play a critical role, and 23% are not sure. I personally, would love to have a discussion here between those of us who don't believe the mirror neuron theory of speech perception and those who do. It doesn't have to get nasty. I has some great face to face discussions with my former post doc Stephen Wilson about this stuff. Stephen came from Iacoboni's lab, which has published on the role of motor areas in speech perception. We ended up coming to a reasonable consensus, I think. (Of course, he did leave for UCSF so...) So speak up on the topic! New survey coming soon.