The Neurons That Shaped Civilization

TED recently took its show to India, and one of the more interesting presentations featured neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran (UCSD) explaining how mirror neurons, a recently discovered system in the brain, “allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization,” and also helped us evolve as a species. Good stuff. You can find more TED India Talks here.

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  • Ana says:

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