1. Spatiotemporal dynamics during processing of abstract and concrete verbs: an ERP study.

    Neuropsychologia 61:163 (2014) PMID 24956569

    Different accounts have been proposed to explain the nature of concept representations. Embodied accounts claim a key involvement of sensory-motor systems during semantic processing while more traditional accounts posit that concepts are abstract mental entities independent of perceptual and mot...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Linking psychoanalysis with neuroscience: The concept of ego

    Neuropsychologia 55:143 (2014)

    Through his whole life Marc Jeannerod was fascinated by Freud's thinking. His interest in Freud is witnessed by several of his writings in which he expresses interest in building a bridge between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Following Jeannerod's ideas we discuss here a f...
  6. Linking psychoanalysis with neuroscience: The concept of ego

    Neuropsychologia 55:143 (2014)

    Through his whole life Marc Jeannerod was fascinated by Freud's thinking. His interest in Freud is witnessed by several of his writings in which he expresses interest in building a bridge between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Following Jeannerod's ideas we discuss here a f...
  7. Linking psychoanalysis with neuroscience: the concept of ego.

    Neuropsychologia 55:143 (2014) PMID 24140952

    Through his whole life Marc Jeannerod was fascinated by Freud's thinking. His interest in Freud is witnessed by several of his writings in which he expresses interest in building a bridge between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Following Jeannerod's ideas we discuss here a fundamental...
  8. Linking psychoanalysis with neuroscience: The concept of ego

    Neuropsychologia 55:143 (2014)

    Through his whole life Marc Jeannerod was fascinated by Freud's thinking. His interest in Freud is witnessed by several of his writings in which he expresses interest in building a bridge between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Following Jeannerod's ideas we discuss here a f...
  9. Spatiotemporal dynamics in understanding hand-object interactions.

    PNAS 110(40):15878 (2013) PMID 24043805 PMCID PMC3791766

    It is generally accepted that visual perception results from the activation of a feed-forward hierarchy of areas, leading to increasingly complex representations. Here we present evidence for a fundamental role of backward projections to the occipito-temporal region for understanding conceptual ...
  10. The dynamics of sensorimotor cortical oscillations during the observation of hand movements: an EEG study.

    PLoS ONE 7(5):e37534 (2012) PMID 22624046 PMCID PMC3356327

    The observation of action done by others determines a desynchronization of the rhythms recorded from cortical central regions. Here, we examined whether the observation of different types of hand movements (target directed, non-target directed, cyclic and non-cyclic) elicits different EEG cortic...
  11. Coding observed motor acts: different organizational principles in the parietal and premotor cortex of humans.

    Journal of Neurophysiology 104(1):128 (2010) PMID 20445039

    Understanding actions of conspecifics is a fundamental social ability depending largely on the activation of a parieto-frontal network. Using functional MRI (fMRI), we studied how goal-directed movements (i.e., motor acts) performed by others are coded within this network. In the first experimen...
  12. Mirror neurons: from discovery to autism.

    Experimental Brain Research 200(3-4):223 (2010) PMID 19760408

  13. Intention understanding in autism.

    PLoS ONE 4(5):e5596 (2009) PMID 19440332 PMCID PMC2680029

    When we observe a motor act (e.g. grasping a cup) done by another individual, we extract, according to how the motor act is performed and its context, two types of information: the goal (grasping) and the intention underlying it (e.g. grasping for drinking). Here we examined whether children wit...
  14. Mirror neurons and their clinical relevance.

    Nature clinical practice. Neurology 5(1):24 (2009) PMID 19129788

    One of the most exciting events in neurosciences over the past few years has been the discovery of a mechanism that unifies action perception and action execution. The essence of this 'mirror' mechanism is as follows: whenever individuals observe an action being done by someone else, a set of ne...
  15. Planning actions in autism.

    Experimental Brain Research 192(3):521 (2009) PMID 18839160

    It has been suggested that the deficit in understanding others' intention in autism depends on a malfunctioning of the mirror system. This malfunction could be due either to a deficit of the basic mirror mechanism or to a disorganization of chained action organization on which the mirror underst...
  16. Mirror neurons and mirror systems in monkeys and humans.

    Physiology 23:171 (2008) PMID 18556470

    Mirror neurons are a distinct class of neurons that transform specific sensory information into a motor format. Mirror neurons have been originally discovered in the premotor and parietal cortex of the monkey. Subsequent neurophysiological (TMS, EEG, MEG) and brain imaging studies have shown tha...
  17. Temporal prediction of touch instant during observation of human and robot grasping.

    Brain Research Bulletin 75(6):770 (2008) PMID 18394523

    The aim of the present work was to test the ability to predict the instant at which a grasping hand touches an object. Our hypothesis was that, because of the activation of the mirror-neuron system, the same predictive process necessary for action execution should be active during observation. E...
  18. The mirror system and its role in social cognition.

    Current Opinion in Neurobiology 18(2):179 (2008) PMID 18706501

    Experiments in monkeys have shown that coding the goal of the motor acts is a fundamental property of the cortical motor system. In area F5, goal-coding motor neurons are also activated by observing motor acts done by others (the 'classical' mirror mechanism); in area F2 and area F1, some motor ...
  19. Temporal prediction of touch instant during observation of human and robot grasping

    Brain Research Bulletin 75(6):770 (2008) PMID 18394523

    The aim of the present work was to test the ability to predict the instant at which a grasping hand touches an object. Our hypothesis was that, because of the activation of the mirror-neuron system, the same predictive process necessary for action execution should be active during observati...
  20. Temporal prediction of touch instant during observation of human and robot grasping

    Brain Research Bulletin 75(6):770 (2008) PMID 18394523

    The aim of the present work was to test the ability to predict the instant at which a grasping hand touches an object. Our hypothesis was that, because of the activation of the mirror-neuron system, the same predictive process necessary for action execution should be active during observati...