Liking, or disliking, the person you’re watching can actually have an effect on how the brain processes movement.
Most of the time, watching someone else move causes a “mirroring” effect—that is, the parts of our brains responsible for motor skills are activated by watching someone else in action.
The USC researchers found that when people viewed someone they disliked, a part of their brain that was otherwise activated in “mirroring”—the right ventral premotor cortex—had a different pattern of activity for the disliked individuals as compared to the liked individuals.
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