cod. 1005501

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - First semester
- Leonardo FOGASSI
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE

Learning objectives

The course will allow the achievment of updated knowledge on the basic feaures of the mirror system, with a particular focus on action understanding in onkeys and humans. In addition the implications of the mirror system for motor rehabilitation will be addressed in depth.


Knowledge of the basic mechanisms underlying cortical cognitive motor functions

Course unit content

Remarks on the organization of the higher order motor functions. The mirror neuron system in non-human primates: main features and more detailed studies. The mirror system for action understanding in humans. Coding of intention and mirror system. Plasticity of the motor and of the mirror neuron system. Rehabilitation therapies based on action observation in adults and children with motor deficits.

Full programme

Basic introduction on high order motor functions. The mirro neuron system in nin-human primates: main characteristics. Audio-visual mirror neurons. The human mrror system. Imitation. Coding of intention. Mirror system plasticity. Rehabilitatio therapies based on action observation in adults an children


Zigmond M.J. et al. Neuroscienze. Ed. Edises
Rizzolatti, Sinigaglia: So quel che fai. Il cervello che agisce e i neuroni specchio. Ed.Cortina.

Slides of the lectures

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures. Lessons will be held partly in the classroom, and on-line using the Teams platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

Exams will be conducted orally. In case of the persistence of the health emergency, the exams will be conducted remotely, as follows:
remote oral questions, through the Teams platform (guide http://selma.unipr.it/).

Other information

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