Francesca Ugolotti Serventi

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It is well known that ventral premotor area F5 codes the goal of executed and observed motor acts. This area is anatomically connected with part of the inferior parietal cortex (area PFG), which has been recently shown to play a role in action organization and intention understanding. The aims of the present study were 1) to assess whether the discharge of(More)
Natural actions are formed by distinct motor acts, each of which is endowed with its own motor purpose (i.e., grasping), chained together to attain the final action goal. Previous studies have shown that grasping neurons of parietal area PFG and premotor area F5 can code the goal of simple actions in which grasping is embedded. While during simple actions(More)
Mirror neurons (MNs) of the monkey ventral premotor cortex (area F5) are a class of cells that match the visual descriptions of others' actions with correspondent motor representations in the observer's brain. Several human studies suggest that one's own motor representations activated during action observation play a role in directing proactive eye(More)
Grasping objects requires the selection of specific grip postures in relation to the objects' physical properties. Furthermore, grasping acts can be embedded in actions aimed at different goals, depending on the context in which the action is performed. Here we assessed whether information on grip and action type integrate at the single-neuron level within(More)
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