cod. 1005500

Academic year 2022/23
2° year of course - First semester
- Leonardo FOGASSI - Marzio GERBELLA
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 students to acquire updated and critical notions on:
- several mirroring systems;
- the main models of intersubjectivity and the relevance of the mirror neurons mechanism to build a new neuroscientific model of the basic forms of intersubjectivity.


Notions on the anatomo-physiological organization of the central nervous system and especially of the cortical motor system.

Course unit content

The course will address the systems involving mirror mechanism at anatomo-functional level, and the embodied simulation applying this knowledge to the study of intersubjectivity.

Full programme

Anatomical circuits at the basis of the mirror system. Mirror mechanisms for emotions and sensations in monkeys and humans. The main theoretical models of intersubjectivity (Theory of Mind; Theory-Theory; Simulation Theory; Empathy). The model of Embodied Simulation and its bearing on linguistics, psychopathology and aesthetics.


Slides available online.
Ammaniti e Gallese - La Nascita dell'Intersoggettività. Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2013.
Rizzolatti e Sinigaglia - Specchi nel cervello. Come comprendiamo gli altri dall'interno. Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2019
Caruana e Viola- Come funzionano le Emozioni. Mulino Editore 2018

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures with interactive activities.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.

Other information

The course will be performed in an integrative way by the two teachers