a1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. [email protected] [email protected] http://www2.med.umich.edu/psychiatry/psy/fac_query4.cfm?link_name=ho
a2 Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520. [email protected] http://www2.med.umich.edu/psychiatry/psy/fac_query4.cfm?link_name=jamesswa
Mirror neuron–based associative learning may be understood according to associative learning theories, in addition to sensorimotor learning theories. This is important for a comprehensive understanding of the role of mirror neurons and related hormone modulators, such as oxytocin, in complex social interactions such as among parent–infant dyads and in examples of mirror neuron function that involve abnormal motor systems such as depression.