1. Mirror neuron activation prior to action observation in a predictable context.

    Journal of Neuroscience 34(45):14827 (2014) PMID 25378150

    A fundamental capacity of social animals consists in the predictive representation of upcoming events in the outside world, such as the actions of others. Here, we tested the activity of ventral premotor area F5 mirror neurons (MNs) while monkeys observed an experimenter performing (Action condi...
  2. Mirror neuron activation prior to action observation in a predictable context.

    Journal of Neuroscience 34(45):14827 (2014) PMID 25378150

    A fundamental capacity of social animals consists in the predictive representation of upcoming events in the outside world, such as the actions of others. Here, we tested the activity of ventral premotor area F5 mirror neurons (MNs) while monkeys observed an experimenter performing (Action condi...
  3. Mirror neuron activation prior to action observation in a predictable context.

    Journal of Neuroscience 34(45):14827 (2014) PMID 25378150

    A fundamental capacity of social animals consists in the predictive representation of upcoming events in the outside world, such as the actions of others. Here, we tested the activity of ventral premotor area F5 mirror neurons (MNs) while monkeys observed an experimenter performing (Action condi...
  4. Mirror neuron activation prior to action observation in a predictable context.

    Journal of Neuroscience 34(45):14827 (2014) PMID 25378150

    A fundamental capacity of social animals consists in the predictive representation of upcoming events in the outside world, such as the actions of others. Here, we tested the activity of ventral premotor area F5 mirror neurons (MNs) while monkeys observed an experimenter performing (Action condi...
  5. What and why understanding in autism spectrum disorders and williams syndrome: similarities and differences.

    Autism Research 7(4):421 (2014) PMID 24604708

    Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with Williams syndrome (WS) show divergent social phenotypes, but also several similarities in their socio-cognitive deficits. Cross-syndrome direct comparisons could lead to a better understanding of mechanisms that determine deficits i...
  6. What and why understanding in autism spectrum disorders and williams syndrome: similarities and differences.

    Autism Research 7(4):421 (2014) PMID 24604708

    Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with Williams syndrome (WS) show divergent social phenotypes, but also several similarities in their socio-cognitive deficits. Cross-syndrome direct comparisons could lead to a better understanding of mechanisms that determine deficits i...
  7. Ventral Premotor Neurons Encoding Representations of Action during Self and Others’ Inaction

    Current Biology 24(14):1611 (2014)

    Our environment offers us a number of opportunities for action. However, sometimes we also have to refrain from acting, for example, when facing a “do not touch” sign placed over a desirable object on the shelf of a shop. Previous findings emphasized the role of mesial frontal and pref...
  8. Ventral premotor neurons encoding representations of action during self and others' inaction.

    Current Biology 24(14):1611 (2014) PMID 24998525

    Our environment offers us a number of opportunities for action. However, sometimes we also have to refrain from acting, for example, when facing a "do not touch" sign placed over a desirable object on the shelf of a shop. Previous findings emphasized the role of mesial frontal and prefrontal reg...
  9. Cognitive abilities in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Experimental Brain Research 232(7):2381 (2014) PMID 24710667

    The aim of the present study was to assess the cognitive profiles of children with autistic spectrum disorder and of their healthy siblings (Siblings). With the term cognitive profile, we indicate the relationship extant among the values of verbal and performance subtests of the Wechsler Intelli...
  10. Cognitive abilities in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Experimental Brain Research 232(7):2381 (2014) PMID 24710667

    The aim of the present study was to assess the cognitive profiles of children with autistic spectrum disorder and of their healthy siblings (Siblings). With the term cognitive profile, we indicate the relationship extant among the values of verbal and performance subtests of the Wechsler Intelli...
  11. The neural correlates of 'vitality form' recognition: an fMRI study: this work is dedicated to Daniel Stern, whose immeasurable contribution to science has inspired our research.

    Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 9(7):951 (2014) PMID 23740868 PMCID PMC4090957

    The observation of goal-directed actions performed by another individual allows one to understand what that individual is doing and why he/she is doing it. Important information about others' behaviour is also carried out by the dynamics of the observed action. Action dynamics characterize the '...
  12. The neural correlates of 'vitality form' recognition: an fMRI study: this work is dedicated to Daniel Stern, whose immeasurable contribution to science has inspired our research.

    Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 9(7):951 (2014) PMID 23740868 PMCID PMC4090957

    The observation of goal-directed actions performed by another individual allows one to understand what that individual is doing and why he/she is doing it. Important information about others' behaviour is also carried out by the dynamics of the observed action. Action dynamics characterize the '...
  13. The neural correlates of 'vitality form' recognition: an fMRI study: this work is dedicated to Daniel Stern, whose immeasurable contribution to science has inspired our research.

    Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 9(7):951 (2014) PMID 23740868 PMCID PMC4090957

    The observation of goal-directed actions performed by another individual allows one to understand what that individual is doing and why he/she is doing it. Important information about others' behaviour is also carried out by the dynamics of the observed action. Action dynamics characterize the '...
  14. Cognitive abilities in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Experimental Brain Research 232(7):2381 (2014) PMID 24710667

    The aim of the present study was to assess the cognitive profiles of children with autistic spectrum disorder and of their healthy siblings (Siblings). With the term cognitive profile, we indicate the relationship extant among the values of verbal and performance subtests of the Wechsler Intelli...
  15. Cortical mechanisms underlying the organization of goal-directed actions and mirror neuron-based action understanding.

    Physiological Reviews 94(2):655 (2014) PMID 24692357

    Our understanding of the functions of motor system evolved remarkably in the last 20 years. This is the consequence not only of an increase in the amount of data on this system but especially of a paradigm shift in our conceptualization of it. Motor system is not considered anymore just a "produ...
  16. Cortical mechanisms underlying the organization of goal-directed actions and mirror neuron-based action understanding.

    Physiological Reviews 94(2):655 (2014) PMID 24692357

    Our understanding of the functions of motor system evolved remarkably in the last 20 years. This is the consequence not only of an increase in the amount of data on this system but especially of a paradigm shift in our conceptualization of it. Motor system is not considered anymore just a "produ...
  17. Confounding the origin and function of mirror neurons.

    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37(2):218 (2014) PMID 24775175

    Cook et al. argue that mirror neurons originate in sensorimotor associative learning and that their function is determined by their origin. Both these claims are hard to accept. It is here suggested that a major role in the origin of the mirror mechanism is played by top-down connections rather ...
  18. Confounding the origin and function of mirror neurons.

    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37(2):218 (2014) PMID 24775175

    Cook et al. argue that mirror neurons originate in sensorimotor associative learning and that their function is determined by their origin. Both these claims are hard to accept. It is here suggested that a major role in the origin of the mirror mechanism is played by top-down connections rather ...
  19. Confounding the origin and function of mirror neurons.

    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37(2):218 (2014) PMID 24775175

    Cook et al. argue that mirror neurons originate in sensorimotor associative learning and that their function is determined by their origin. Both these claims are hard to accept. It is here suggested that a major role in the origin of the mirror mechanism is played by top-down connections rather ...
  20. Space-dependent representation of objects and other's action in monkey ventral premotor grasping neurons.

    Journal of Neuroscience 34(11):4108 (2014) PMID 24623789

    The macaque ventral premotor area F5 hosts two types of visuomotor grasping neurons: "canonical" neurons, which respond to visually presented objects and underlie visuomotor transformation for grasping, and "mirror" neurons, which respond during the observation of others' action, likely playing ...