Do mirror neurons explain misattribution of emotions in music?

Percept Mot Skills. 2006 Apr;102(2):600-2. doi: 10.2466/pms.102.2.600-602.


It is speculated that certain listeners' misattribution of anger in the music of avant garde jazz saxophonists could be explained by the activity of mirror neurons. There is a neurological basis for the human tendency to imitate what is perceived in another person. This may lead to an inference that whatever comparable activity would be required to achieve a similar condition in the imitator is the condition being experienced by the person being imitated.

MeSH terms

  • Anger / physiology
  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Imagination / physiology
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Music*
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Perceptual Distortion / physiology*
  • Personal Construct Theory
  • Social Perception