This cute new Evian video gone viral reminds me of the mirror neuron concept and its role in neurotypical development. What’s so special about mirror neurons? Here is a nice overview of the topic from a Scientific American blog last June. V.S. Ramanchandran hangs his hat heavily on the significance of mirror neurons in brain function and learning, as you can see in his TED talk. Elsehwere, Ramachandran refers to the connection between broken mirror neurons and autism as “persuasive but not compelling”. There is no doubt that the subject has engendered controversy. I’m still comfortable thinking of mirror neurons as basic to the concepts of imitation and empathy, though practical implications for Optometry remain to be seen, as I blogged about last year.