As human organisms, we are hard-wired to connect and relate. Connecting is a survival instinct and can be informed by many functions in the brain and body; including mirror neurons which unconsciously guide actions in a social setting and other brain regions that guide our cognition, instinctual and appetitive behaviours important to emotion and relationships.
Mirror neurons from the motor cortex and related neural networks of the brain have been found to play a role in the social nature of perception, intention, actions and interactions of one’s self and others in the environment. Mirror neurons were initially studied in babies and demonstrated by the baby mirroring the mother, father, or other facial expressions. As the research evolved the breadth of studies relating to mirror neurons increased to include group behaviour, autism, traumatic brain injury and more.