Why do sports fans feel so emotionally invested in the game, reacting almost as if they were part of the game themselves?
If you watched the World Cup today you’ll see what I mean.
NOVA website says,
“According to provocative discoveries in brain imaging, inside our heads we constantly ‘act out’ and imitate whatever activity we’re observing. As this video reveals, our mirror neurons help us understand the actions of others and prime us to imitate what we see.”
“A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself acting.”
Why is this important to know? It is because of mirror neurons we can feel empathy. Scientists are studying how mirror neurons might play a part in Autism.
To learn how mirror neurons were discovered, watch this short video.
I wrote more about mirror neurons in my book.
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."