On Being Moved

From mirror neurons to empathy

| University of Oslo
ISBN 9789027252043 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027292759 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
In this collective volume the origins, neurosocial support, and therapeutic implications of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity are examined with a focus on implications of the discovery of mirror neurons. Entailing a paradigmatic revolution in the intersection of developmental, social and neural sciences, two radical turnabouts are entailed. First, no longer can be upheld as valid Cartesian and Leibnizian assumptions about monadic subjects with disembodied minds without windows to each other except as mediated by culture. Supported by a mirror system, specified in this volume by some of the discoverers, modes of participant perception have now been identified which entail embodied simulation and co-movements with others in felt immediacy. Second, no longer can be retained the Piagetian attribution of infant egocentricity. Pioneers who have broken new research grounds in the study of newborns, protoconversation, and early speech perception document in the present volume infant capacity for interpersonal communion, empathic identification, and learning by altercentric participation. Pertinent new findings and results are presented on these topics:

(i) Origins and multiple layers of intersubjectivity and empathy
(ii) Neurosocial support of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity, participant perception, and simulation of mind
(iii) From preverbal sharing and early speech perception to meaning acquisition and verbal intersubjectivity
(iv) New windows on other-centred movements and moments of meeting in therapy and intervention. (Series B)

[Advances in Consciousness Research, 68]  2007.  x, 333 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
PART I. Introducing the matrix and multiple layers of intersubjectivity and empathy
Prologue: From infant intersubjectivity and participant movements to simulation and conversation in cultural common sense
Stein Bråten and Colwyn Trevarthen
Applying developmental and neuroscience findings on other-centred participation to the process of change in psychotherapy
Daniel N. Stern
The ‘Russian Doll’ model of empathy and imitation
Frans B.M. de Waal
PART II. Mirror neurons and origins of neurosocial support of (pre)verbal intersubjectivity and altercentricity
Mirror neurons and intersubjectivity
Pier Francesco Ferrari and Vittorio Gallese

Human mirroring systems


On assessing mind by reading brain and body during social interaction

Riitta Hari
Cues on the origin of language: From electrophysiological data on mirror neurons and motor representations
Luciano Fadiga and Laila Craighero

Altercentric infants and adults


On the origins and manifestations of participant

perception of others’ acts and utterances

Stein Bråten
From speech to gene: The KE family and the FOXP2
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem and Frédérique Liégeois
PART III. From preverbal to verbal intersubjectivity in child development
Intersubjectivity before language: Three windows on preverbal sharing
Andrew N. Meltzoff and Rechele Brooks
Early speech perception: Developing a culturally specific way of listening through social interaction
Barbara T. Conboy and Patricia K. Kuhl
On theories of dialogue, self and society:

Redefining socialization and the acquisition of meaning in light of the intersubjective matrix

Ivar Frönes
The intersubjectivity of imagination: The special case of imaginary companions
Stathis Papastathopoulos and Giannis Kugiumutzakis
PART IV. Applications and therapeutic implications
When empathic care is obstructed: Excluding the child from the zone of intimacy
Karsten Hundeide
Family disseminate archives: Intergenerational transmission and psychotherapy in light of Bråten’s and Stern’s theories
Andrea Cabassi
Reaching moments of shared experiences through musical improvisation: An aesthetic view on interplay between a musician and severely disabled or congenital deafblind children
Birgit Kirkebaek
To sing and dance together: From infants to jazz
Ben Schögler and Colwyn Trevarthen

On circular re-enactment of care and abuse, and on other-centred moments in psychotherapy


Closing comments

Stein Bråten
Author index
Subject index
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Consciousness Research

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BIC Subject: JMQ – Psychology: emotions
BISAC Subject: PSY008000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
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