The Myth of Mirror Neurons by Gregory Hickok, UCI cognitive sciences professor, is getting more positive press. It’s featured in the July issue of Booklist Magazine and Kirkus Review, available now online. In May, the book received a positive review in Publisher’s Weekly. The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition uses scientific data and literature review to refute claims made about these brain cells’ roles in everything from language and empathy to autism and schizophrenia. Drawing on a broad range of observations from work on animal behavior, modern neuroimaging, neurological disorders and more, Hickok argues that the assumptions underlying mirror neuron theory fall flat in light of the facts. He then explores alternative accounts of mirror neuron function while illuminating a host of questions about human cognition and brain function. The book will be available in August from W.W. Norton & Company.

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