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Wayne Marshall

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Females seem to be better at empathy does this mean that they have more mirror neurones then men?

Females seem to be better at empathy does this mean that they have more mirror neurones then men? And if so, are woman responsible for civilisation?

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    Oct 17 2012: Perhaps partially.

    Mirror neurons respond (fire) in reaction to stimuli that seems to satisfy instincts upon which we need to sociable.

    What is necessary to adapt in a social situation seems to take priority thinking at times; since behavior is what neurons are mimicking there must exist a mechanism that requires a 'social satisfaction' in cognition. What entails this mechanism? Something evolutionary, as to narrate our social animal status.

    Consider, women do turn out to be more empathic (which I can agree on). Their mirror neurons would be used more often in light of that (to make cognition develop accordingly). Whether they have more of M. neurons or not, seems to be irrelevant. Rather perhaps the question is "Do they use their mirror neurons more often to be more sociable?" Interesting to ponder.

    But, as far as women being instinctually more sociable; I could see that position being valid for investigating.

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