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Mirroring People

The New Science of How We Connect with Others
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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What accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person's head - to know what they're thinking and feeling? "Mind reading" is the very heart of what it means to be human, creating a bridge between self and others that is fundamental to the development of culture and society. But until recently, scientists didn't understand what in the brain makes it possible.

This has all changed in the last decade. Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist whose work has been covered in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the "smart cells" in our brain that allow us to understand others. From imitation to morality, from learning to addiction, from political affiliations to consumer choices, mirror neurons seem to have properties that are relevant to all these aspects of social cognition. As The New York Times reports: "The discovery is shaking up numerous scientific disciplines, shifting the understanding of culture, empathy, philosophy, language, imitation, autism and psychotherapy."

Mirroring People is the first book for the general reader on this revolutionary new science.

©2008 Marco Iacoboni (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Iacoboni's expansive style and clear descriptions make for a solid introduction to cutting-edge neurobiology." (Publishers Weekly)

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Amazing

Everyone would benefit from reading this book. The research is well explained and applied to real life. The author presents compelling evidence for avoiding violence especially for children. I will listen to this book again, I'm sure.

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Solid science, but shaky conclusions

I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The authors discussions of the discoveries of mirror neurons and the basic conclusions were fascinating. That said, the last half of the book goes a bit off the rails. The author attempts to draw conclusions about human behavior using mirror neurons that seem to stretch logic.

Three stars. The science is worth a download, but the conclusions about human behavior aren't.

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Informative book

I read this book for my high school capstone you really have to sit down and listen to it to get the information. I thought it repeated many things but overall pretty well written and narrated. If you wanna find out why people how how they are I would recommend it. Gave it 4 out of 5 because it was such a hard read