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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit M aster subtitle style 5/5/2010 Autism Mirror Neuron Function and The Spectrum: A Proposed Biological Basis of Behavior Christina Kirkman October 12th, 2010 NOTE re: intellectual property/copyright: NO PART of this excerpt/ presentation may be copied or used without express permission of the author email: kirkmanpsych@gmail.com 2/23/11 Introduction to Mirror Neurons: most of the primary ways of making sense of others are motor in nature, and are rooted in a specific brain mechanism: the mirror mechanism. Sinigaglia, 2009 M ir r or neur ons : A class of motor neuron that discharges both when 1) a certain motor act is performed by the organism itself, and ALSO when 2) the organism observes that same act being performed. 2/23/11 Autism: Initial signs and diagnosis According to the DSM IV TR: Markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication, and a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests Impairment in reciprocal social interaction, and communication (both verbal and non) is gross and sustained Restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities 2/23/11 The Autism Spectrum 5 notably affected domains of social behavior: Motor imitation...
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