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What DNA is for Biology, the Mirror Neuron is for Psychology

Posted by cocreator on December 18, 2009
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Have you even wondered why, when you’re watching a baseball game and your favourite player strikes out in the top of the ninth inning, you cringe – or alternately, why, when your home team scores a goal or a touchdown, you pump your arm in the air? Or why, when you’re at the movies and the heroine starts weeping, tears well up in your own eyes? Or the feeling of grace and beauty that floods through you as you observe a ballet dancer or listen to a world-class pianist?

When we watch someone do something, whether it’s scoring a penalty kick r playing a perfect arpeggio on a STeinway grand piano, our brains react as if we were actually performing these activities ourselves. In short, it’s as tough seeing and doing are one and the same.

This is due to mirror neurons at work in our brains.

This is why First Aid Corps organise CPR+AED “flash mobs”, not only to educate the public on the importance of CPR and the use of the AED, but also to get all others who have been trained in CPR before to revise in their minds.

Here are some photos that were taken at our first event in Singapore.

Anyone interested to do the same elsewhere?

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