1. A developmental study on children's capacity to ascribe goals and intentions to others.

    Developmental Psychology 50(2):504 (2014) PMID 23772821

    The capacity to ascribe goals and intentions to others is a fundamental step in child cognitive development. The aim of the present study was to assess the age at which these capabilities are acquired in typically developing children. Two experiments were carried out. In the first experiment, 4 ...
  2. Hemimegalencephalic variant of epidermal nevus syndrome: case report and literature review.

    European Journal of Paediatric Neurology 16(4):332 (2012) PMID 22200538

    The epidermal nevus syndrome (ENS) is an uncommon neurocutaneous disorder in which epidermal nevi are found in association with congenital abnormalities of the brain, eye, and/or skeleton. The association of epidermal nevi and neurologic abnormalities was comprehensively described by Schimmelpen...
  3. Motor representation of actions in children with autism.

    PLoS ONE 7(9):e44779 (2012) PMID 22970304 PMCID PMC3438166

    Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are frequently hampered by motor impairment, with difficulties ranging from imitation of actions to recognition of motor intentions. Such a widespread inefficiency of the motor system is likely to interfere on the ontogeny of both motor planning an...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Impairment of actions chains in autism and its possible role in intention understanding.

    PNAS 104(45):17825 (2007) PMID 17965234 PMCID PMC2077067

    Experiments in monkeys demonstrated that many parietal and premotor neurons coding a specific motor act (e.g., grasping) show a markedly different activation when this act is part of actions that have different goals (e.g., grasping for eating vs. grasping for placing). Many of these "action-con...