Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. William Charland
Dr. Christina Chin
Dr. Andrew Hennlich
Mirror neurons, art education, embodied simulation, embodied responses, emotional contagion
Masters Thesis-Open Access
In the following thesis, I will introduce the discovery of mirror neurons and explain why understanding mirror neurons is vital for student and teacher interactions as well as student and teacher mental health and engagement in the classroom. Understanding mirror neurons and the connections that teachers have with their students in terms of empathy, observational learning, aesthetic connections when viewing art and empathetic connections in regard to stress and emotional contagion can prove to be very beneficial in art classrooms and can influence the way teachers teach, the relationships that teachers have with their students and the type of classroom environments that can be created. Simply put, “Mirror neurons “mirror” the behavior and emotions of the people surrounding us in such a way that the others become a part of us” (Keysers, 2011, p.10).
Murawa, Ashley, "Mirror Neurons in Art Education" (2021). Masters Theses. 5204.