How can the Church expect to influence the values of the public in competition with hours of media exposure per day???
From the article:
"What followed lunch that day was a serendipitous discovery. One of Rizzolatti’s graduate students decided to have an ice cream cone for dessert, which he ate in full view of the wired-up monkey. To his surprise, the electrodes suddenly began to signal a spike in cellular activity in the premotor cortex, even though the monkey was motionless.
After shoveling more food into their mouths, the scientists determined that some of the neurons they were recording from fired when the monkey made certain movements – like bringing a piece of food to its mouth – and when the monkey watched someone make similar movements. In other words, the neurons were mirroring observed actions: when the monkey watched someone perform an action its brain seemed to be simulating neural activity as if the monkey was performing the action itself. These “mirror neurons”, as Rizzolatti later dubbed them, were hypothesized to constitute a brain system responsible for our ability to understand the actions of others. We know about our world because we’ve interacted with it and only by simulating this interaction in our heads can we comprehend the behaviour of someone else.
In 1992, almost a year after the ice cream cone incident, Rizzolatti published a short report in a minor neuroscience journal describing his discovery of mirror neurons. The paper was largely ignored. Then, almost four years later, he published a more detailed account of the finding in the journal Brain that launched a torrent of research – more than 300 papers in the past ten years – into mirror neurons and their properties. As he explained to The New York Times in an interview, "It took us several years to believe what we were seeing.”