Mirror neuron system: applications
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The class, starting from the organization of the sensorimotor systems, describes the basic features of the mirror neuron system, with particular emphasis on action understanding. Furthermore, the class describes the implications of the mirror system for motor rehabilitation
knowledge of the neurophysiological mechanisms of high order brain functions
Course contents summary
Description of the mirror neuron system in the monkey and humans and its exploitation for motor rehabilitation
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 audiovisual mirror neurons. 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.
Rizzolatti, G., Sinigaglia (2006). So quel che fai. Il cervello che agisce e i neuroni specchio. Milano: Raffaello Cortina (pp.183).
Slides of the course
Assessment methods and criteria