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Always Keep Before You What (and Whom) You Love, Part 23

January 27, 2009

Fascinating story in Slate:

Brain research has demonstrated that there are special cells called mirror neurons. When we watch someone do something, our mirror neurons become active in the brain as if we ourselves were engaging in the same behavior we are observing. This suggests that learning consists of making connections not only in a figurative way (as we assemble sequences of behavior) but also in a literal way, as observation of a behavior forges the same neural connections made from practicing that behavior.

When you keep your eyes and thoughts on what you love and on whom you love (that sounds wrong, but I think the grammar’s right) you are not just gazing, you are learning!

One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 29, 2009 7:49 am

    great article and site. And to answer the question ‘Do Lurkers Dream of Electric Peeps?’ The answer is Yes, one red and one blue.

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