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Laughter is a strong, positive vocal expression of emotion, which is found throughout human cultures and also in many mammals. Dr Zarinah Agnew from the Laughing brains exhibit at the 2012 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition discusses her work.
Mirror neurons are single cells that are active when performing an action, and seeing someone else perform that same action. These cells have been hailed as the one of the most important findings in the last decade of neuroscience. Ramachandran made the somewhat nauseatingly bold claim that "mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology."
Dr Zarinah Agnew's entry for the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience "brains on film" competition, 2011.

This is realtime MRI Dr Zarinah Agnew, speaking. The realtime MRI was acquired on a 1.5T scanner using a neck coil, at BUCNI (http://bucni.psychol.ucl.ac.uk/)

 

Academic Talks

Investigating the role of cerebellum in sensory processing during vocal behavior, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco

Evidence for shared mechanisms during compensation and adaptation to speech errors, Human Brain Mapping, Hawaii

Investigating the role of cerebellum in sensory processing during vocal behavior with theta burst stimulation, Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC

Investigating the role of cerebellum in sensory processing during vocal behavior with theta burst stimulation, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Washington DC

Covert production of speech and emotional vocalizations: further evidence for a neural dissociation between different complex articulations, Neurobiology of Language conference, San Diego

Investigating the neural basis of theta burst stimulation on auditory perception of emotional vocalizations, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, New Orleans

Investigating distinct neural systems for the production of speech and emotional vocalisations, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, San Sebastian, Spain

Neural adaptation to the effects of delayed auditory feedback on speech production, CNS annual meeting, San Francisco

The mirror crak’d: no special role for motor cortices in speech perception, Neurobiology of Language, San Diego

Looking at agency in the human mirror system, Society for Neuroscience, Chicago

The human mirror system; meaningless Hebbian coupling or functional motor simulation?, Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC

Hunting for the human mirror system: confirmation and characterization, European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology, Warsaw, Poland

Medial orbitofrontal cortex codes relative rather than absolute reward, Human brain mapping, Florence, Italy