What can we learn from the neurosciences?
Thanks to mirror neurons, we can experience deep communications with others despite the distance and without the need for physical contact. It is important that the term "mirror neurons" does not remain an abstraction at the theoretical level and that facilitators understand that they can be used in different ways. Most of all, that physical distancing doesn´t mean social distancing or affective distancing.
The physical distancing currently asked of us does not exclude body-to-body communication, which we continue to experience daily. Awareness of the need to take into account the variety of what is possible in terms of human communication in a changed social environment can help facilitators manage the difficulties of this period.
Annalisa Risoli is a surgeon who specialised in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is involved with clinical, training and research activities in neurological and neuropsychological rehabilitation. For many years she has dealt with difficulties in spatial skills, seeking bridges between neuroscience and rehabilitation interventions, especially in the field of voluntary movement and mental images. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Milan and in university masters at the Faculty of Psychology of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.