On Being Moved: From mirror neurons to empathy (Advances in Consciousness Research 68)

On Being Moved: From mirror neurons to empathy (Advances in Consciousness Research 68)

By: Stein Braten (editor)Hardback

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In this collective volume the origins, neurosocial support, and therapeutic implications of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity are examined with a focus on implications of the discovery of mirror neurons. Entailing a paradigmatic revolution in the intersection of developmental, social and neural sciences, two radical turnabouts are entailed. First, no longer can be upheld as valid Cartesian and Leibnizian assumptions about monadic subjects with disembodied minds without windows to each other except as mediated by culture. Supported by a mirror system, specified in this volume by some of the discoverers, modes of participant perception have now been identified which entail embodied simulation and co-movements with others in felt immediacy. Second, no longer can be retained the Piagetian attribution of infant egocentricity. Pioneers who have broken new research grounds in the study of newborns, protoconversation, and early speech perception document in the present volume infant capacity for interpersonal communion, empathic identification, and learning by altercentric participation. Pertinent new findings and results are presented on these topics: (i) Origins and multiple layers of intersubjectivity and empathy (ii) Neurosocial support of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity, participant perception, and simulation of mind (iii) From preverbal sharing and early speech perception to meaning acquisition and verbal intersubjectivity (iv) New windows on other-centred movements and moments of meeting in therapy and intervention. (Series B)


1. Contributors; 2. Introduction; 3. PART I. Introducing the matrix and multiple layers of intersubjectivity and empathy; 4. Prologue: From infant intersubjectivity and participant movements to simulation and conversation in cultural common sense (by Braten, Stein); 5. Applying developmental and neuroscience findings on other-centred participation to the process of change in psychotherapy (by Stern, Daniel N.); 6. The 'Russian Doll' model of empathy and imitation (by Waal, Frans B.M. de); 7. PART II. Mirror neurons and origins of neurosocial support of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity and altercentricity; 8. Mirror neurons and intersubjectivity (by Ferrari, Pier Francesco); 9. Human mirroring systems: On assessing mind by reading brain and body during social interaction (by Hari, Riitta); 10. Cues on the origin of language: From electrophysiological data on mirror neurons and motor representations (by Fadiga, Luciano); 11. Altercentric infants and adults: On the origins and manifestations of participant perception of others' acts and utterances (by Braten, Stein); 12. From speech to gene: The KE family and the FOXP2 (by Vargha-Khadem, Faraneh); 13. PART III. From preverbal to verbal intersubjectivity in child development; 14. Intersubjectivity before language: Three windows on preverbal sharing (by Meltzoff, Andrew N.); 15. Early speech perception: Developing a culturally specific way of listening through social interaction (by Conboy, Barbara T.); 16. On theories of dialogue, self and society: Redefining socialization and the acquisition of meaning in light of the intersubjective matrix (by Frones, Ivar); 17. The intersubjectivity of imagination: The special case of imaginary companions (by Papastathopoulos, Stathis); 18. PART IV. Applications and therapeutic implications; 19. When empathic care is obstructed: Excluding the child from the zone of intimacy (by Hundeide, Karsten); 20. Family disseminate archives: Intergenerational transmission and psychotherapy in light of Braten's and Stern's theories (by Cabassi, Andrea); 21. Reaching moments of shared experiences through musical improvisation: An aesthetic view on interplay between a musician and severely disabled or congenital deafblind children (by Kirkebaek, Birgit); 22. To sing and dance together: From infants to jazz (by Schogler, Ben); 23. On circular re-enactment of care and abuse, and on other-centred moments in psychotherapy: Closing comments (by Braten, Stein); 24. Author index; 25. Subject index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027252043
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 333
  • ID: 9789027252043
  • weight: 750
  • ISBN10: 9027252041

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