Title

The alluring but misleading analogy between mirror neurons and the motor theory of speech.

Date of Original Version

4-1-2014

Type

Article

PubMed ID

24775161

Abstract or Description

Speech is commonly claimed to relate to mirror neurons because of the alluring surface analogy of mirror neurons to the Motor Theory of speech perception, which posits that perception and production draw upon common motor-articulatory representations. We argue that the analogy fails and highlight examples of systems-level developmental approaches that have been more fruitful in revealing perception-production associations.

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X13002331

 

Published In

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 2, 204-205.