Recent neuroscientific work has brought to light the existence of ‘mirror neurones'. It has been shown that patients suffering certain kinds of brain damage are unable to experience particular emotions in themselves or to recognize them in others. Empathy and identification now emerge as key constituents of development – processes which also inform artistic work and acting, and have long been part of the relational thinking of clinicians. Psychoanalyst Darian Leader, actor Fiona Shaw and Neuroscientist Chris Frith discuss what it means to engage with the mind of another person. Lara Feigel of the Centre for Humanities and Health at King's College and a convenor of the series leads the discussion.
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