Mirror neuron system and intersubiectivity
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will allow students to acquire updated and critical notions of:
- basic features of mirror neurons;
- the main models of intersubjectivity;
- the relevance of the mirror mechanism to build a new model of basic forms of intersubjectivity.
Notions of the anatomo-physiological organization of the central nervous system.
Course contents summary
The course will address a new model of perception, embodied simulation, applied to the study of intersubjectivity.
Action-Perception-Cognition. The main theoretical models of intersubjectivity Theory of Mind; Theory-Theory; Simulation Theory; Empathy). The mirror system in macaques and humans. Mirror mechanisms in emotions and sensations.. 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.
Gallese e Guerra - Lo Schermo Empatico. Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2015.
Frontal lectures with audio-visual material.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, consisting in two questions. The final score will be computed by attributing a maximum score of 15 to each of the 2 questions, for a maximum final score of 30/30. The evaluation will not be affected by having or not attended to the classes.
The evaluation of questions will be based on the following criteria:
1) Content skills or how detailed the candidate addresses the topic;
2) Exposing skills, i.e., how precise is the language used by the candidate to expose the concepts;
3) Argumentative skills, that is, how consistent and logical is the concatenation of the concepts presented.