Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
SAMPAIO, Patrícia da Silva; LEME, Maria Isabel da Silva and LERNER, Rogério. Contributions from Gallese's neurophysiology and Bruner's psychology to the understanding of social learning. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.4, pp. 773-780. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722011000400018.
The current article makes an articulation between recent findings from neurophysiology such as the mirror neurons and neural plasticity, and others which were originated in psychology in order to achieve a better understanding of human social learning. Several of those recent findings provide support for concepts of psychology such as the relevance of inter-subjectivity, language and culture to psychological development, regarding not only individuals but also the human specie. More specifically, they evidence the role of direct and implicit understanding of others' actions, emotions and feelings in order to understand the development of social relationships. In this sense, relations are drawn between biological and cultural aspects. Gallese and Bruner are the authors taken as references for this reflection.
Keywords : Mirror Neurons; Social Learning; Social Cognition; Gallese; Bruner.