MIRROR NEURON SYSTEMS AND INTERSUBIECTIVITY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will acquire basic knowledge on the neurobiological bases of intersubjectivity. The student will also learn about the possible application of this model of intersubjectivity to the domains of psychopathology and aesthetics.some p
Basic knowledge on the functions of the central nervous system and on the oerganization of sensory-motor systems.
Course contents summary
The course will address the issue of the bodily self, of intersubjectivity and empathy from theoretical and neuroscientific perspectives. The model of Embodied Simulation will be introduced and its functional properties discussed.
During the course the following topics will be addressed: Action, Perception and Cognition; The standard cognitive model of intersubjectivity; Theory of mind as Theory-theory or Simulation Theory; Motor cognition; Bodily self as motor potentiality; the bodily self, space and objects; mirror neurons and mirror mechanisms; Embodied simulation; art, aesthetic experience and empathy: embodied simulation and experimental aesthetics; the loss of the natural evidence of the world: bodily self, trauma and psychosis.
N. Ammaniti & V. Gallese: La Nascita dell'Intersoggettività. Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2014.
Frontal classes. Audio-visual material available on-line.
Assessment methods and criteria