mirror neuron

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mirror neuron

n.
A neuron found in the cerebral cortex that is active when one performs an action or when one witnesses another performing the same action, and whose function is thought to be involved in acquiring language and the ability to empathize.
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To balance it I had to strip everything from the top end (I just have a red dot finder, no optical finder) and fit a 9kg weight to the mirror cell.
Next, starting at the top with item A, "Move the Rye into the new mirror cell," compare it with each item below.
They also showed that specific subsets of mirror cells increased their activity during the execution of an action but decreased their activity when an action was only being observed.
These neurons and another group located elsewhere in the premotor cortex have been dubbed mirror cells.
For example, if you see someone showing disgust, mirror cells in your own "disgust" brain module are activated, giving you a faint feeling of disgust yourself.