Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections
Unit 3: Seeing Others from the Self
- Gordian knot
- A term often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem solved by a bold stroke ("cutting the Gordian knot"). In Greek legend, the Gordian knot was the name given to an intricate knot used by the peasant Gordius, who became King of Phrygia, to secure his oxcart. Oracles foretold that, not only would Gordius become King, but he who untied the knot would rule all of Asia. Alexander the Great severed the knot with a powerful stroke of his sword.
- mirror neurons
- Term describes an important neuroscience discovery at the turn of the 21st century regarding brain systems that show similar patterns of activation when engaged in, and observing others engaged in, familiar experiences.
- motor cortex
- An anatomical location in the brain in the posterior (back) region of the frontal lobe responsible for motor planning, control, and execution.