Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal

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Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition: Understanding Others by Embodiment


The theory of embodied cognition states that embodied cognition is the process of the motor system and the body influencing the mind: playing a role in knowledge acquisition, understanding, and emotions, just as the mind influences the body. This paper provides an introduction to the theory of embodied cognition by examining the development of the theory, how concept formation may be enabled by embodied cognition, and introduce the neural mechanism suggested to be responsible for embodied cognition. This paper also explores the role of embodiment in emotions, how embodied cognition may enable first person perspective, and whether embodied cognition is inherent or acquired. Further on, this paper will showcase how embodied cognition may enable intention understanding, the influence of love on embodied understanding, and whether embodied cognition can be used to understand those strikingly different from self.

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