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Parietal Lobe: From Action Organization to Intention Understanding
- L. Fogassi, P. Ferrari, B. Gesierich, S. Rozzi, F. Chersi, G. Rizzolatti
- Biology, PsychologyScience
- 29 April 2005
Inferior parietal lobule neurons were studied when monkeys performed motor acts embedded in different actions and when they observed similar acts done by an experimenter to allow the observer to understand the agent's intentions.
Mirror neurons responding to the observation of ingestive and communicative mouth actions in the monkey ventral premotor cortex
- P. Ferrari, V. Gallese, G. Rizzolatti, L. Fogassi
- Biology, PsychologyThe European journal of neuroscience
- 1 April 2003
The results showed that about one‐third of mouth motor neurons also discharge when the monkey observes another individual performing mouth actions, and suggest that area F5, the area considered to be the homologue of human Broca's area, is also involved in communicative functions.
Functional organization of inferior parietal lobule convexity in the macaque monkey: electrophysiological characterization of motor, sensory and mirror responses and their correlation with…
- S. Rozzi, P. Ferrari, L. Bonini, G. Rizzolatti, L. Fogassi
- BiologyThe European journal of neuroscience
- 1 October 2008
The present data suggest that the IPL plays an important role in both action organization and action understanding and should be considered part of the motor system.
Contagious yawning in gelada baboons as a possible expression of empathy
- E. Palagi, A. Leone, G. Mancini, P. Ferrari
- PsychologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 17 November 2009
It is shown that in gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada) yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are socially close, i.e., the contagiousness of yawning correlated with the level of grooming contact between individuals and this correlation persisted after controlling for the effect of spatial association.
Mirror Neurons Responding to Observation of Actions Made with Tools in Monkey Ventral Premotor Cortex
It is proposed that tool-responding mirror neurons enable the observing monkey to extend action-understanding capacity to actions that do not strictly correspond to its motor representations, which support the notion that the motor cortex plays a crucial role in understanding action goals.
Neonatal Imitation in Rhesus Macaques
- P. Ferrari, E. Visalberghi, A. Paukner, L. Fogassi, Angela M. Ruggiero, S. Suomi
- Psychology, BiologyPLoS biology
- 1 September 2006
The findings provide a quantitative description of neonatal imitation in a nonhuman primate species and suggest that these imitative capacities are not unique to the ape and human lineage and their evolutionary origins may be traced to affiliative gestures with communicative functions.
Empathy: Gender effects in brain and behavior
Assessing human mirror activity with EEG mu rhythm: A meta-analysis.
- N. Fox, M. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn
- Biology, PsychologyPsychological bulletin
- 1 March 2016
Changes in EEG mu activity provide a valid means for the study of human neural mirroring, and suggestions for improving the experimental and methodological approaches in using mu to study the human mirror system are offered.
Ventral premotor and inferior parietal cortices make distinct contribution to action organization and intention understanding.
- L. Bonini, S. Rozzi, Francesca Ugolotti Serventi, L. Simone, P. Ferrari, L. Fogassi
- Biology, PsychologyCerebral cortex
- 1 June 2010
The comparison between the neuronal properties of F5 and PFG motor neurons suggests that PFG plays a major role in organizing natural actions and the similarities between MNs properties of the 2 areas indicate that they constitute a functional circuit underlying others' intention understanding.
The ability to follow eye gaze and its emergence during development in macaque monkeys.
- P. Ferrari, E. Kohler, L. Fogassi, V. Gallese
- Biology, PsychologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 5 December 2000
Assessment of the capacity to use eye cues only to follow the gaze of an experimenter in juveniles and adult pig-tailed macaques found that such abilities in macaques dramatically improve with age suggesting that the transition to adulthood is a crucial period in the development of gaze-following behavior.