The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions

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The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions. / Tai, Yen F.; Scherfler, Christoph; Brooks, David J.; Sawamoto, Nobukatsu; Castiello, Umberto.

In: Current Biology, Vol. 14, No. 2, 20.01.2004, p. 117-120.

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Tai, YF, Scherfler, C, Brooks, DJ, Sawamoto, N & Castiello, U 2004, 'The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions', Current Biology, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 117-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2004.01.005

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Tai, Y. F., Scherfler, C., Brooks, D. J., Sawamoto, N., & Castiello, U. (2004). The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions. Current Biology, 14(2), 117-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2004.01.005

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Tai YF, Scherfler C, Brooks DJ, Sawamoto N, Castiello U. 2004. The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions. Current Biology. 14(2):117-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2004.01.005

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Tai YF, Scherfler C, Brooks DJ, Sawamoto N, Castiello U. The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions. Current Biology. 2004 Jan 20;14(2):117-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2004.01.005

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Tai, Yen F. ; Scherfler, Christoph ; Brooks, David J. ; Sawamoto, Nobukatsu ; Castiello, Umberto. / The Human Premotor Cortex Is 'Mirror' only for Biological Actions. In: Current Biology. 2004 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 117-120.

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