Mirror neuron system: applications
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will allow the achievement of updated knowledge on the basicfeaures of the mirror system, with a particular focus on actionunderstanding in onkeys and humans. In addition the implications of themirror system for motor rehabilitation will be addressed in depth.
Knowledge of the basic mechanisms underlying cortical cognitive motorfunctions
Course contents summary
Remarks on the organization of the higher order motor functions. Themirror neuron system in non-human primates: main features and moredetailed studies. The mirror system for action understanding in humans.Coding of intention and mirror system. Plasticity of the motor and of themirror neuron system. Rehabilitation therapies based on actionobservation in adults and children with motor deficits
Basic introduction on high order motor functions. The mirro neuronsystem in nin-human primates: main characteristics. Audio-visual mirrorneurons. The human mrror system. Imitation. Coding of intention. Mirrorsystem plasticity. Rehabilitatio therapies based on action observation in adults and children.
Zigmond M.J. et al. Neuroscienze. Ed. EdisesRizzolatti, Sinigaglia: So quel che fai. Il cervello che agisce e i neuronispecchio. Ed.Cortina.
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