Our Mission

Two fundamental abilities are central to adaptive human functioning: the ability to deploy actions strategically in the service of goals, and the ability to apprehend the goals of social partners in order to produce adaptive social responses.

In the next five years of this project, we aim to:

  1. Provide critical insights into the development of foundational human social capabilities
  2. Put forth innovative tools and approaches for broader developmental, comparative, and clinical research
  3. Contribute to the theoretical and methodological understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disorders involving deficits in social functioning

For more information on our research methods click here.

What We've Achieved

During the first five years of this project's funding, we have:

  1. Narrowed our view of mirror neurons to reflecting not only the activation of individual or groups of nerons, but that of an extended Mirror Neuron System
  2. Found significant changes in the MNS across development
  3. Confirmed that the MNS is tightly linked to the emergence and integration of motor skills