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The human Parietal Lobe

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323606

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 475 000

  • EU contribution

    € 2 475 000

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

Objective

We will use univariate and multivariate functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques, surface and stereo EEG, and in depth single cell recording to investigate the role of human parietal lobe in the monocular or stereoscopic observation of actions performed by conspecifics either using their biological effectors or artificial implements (tools, spears, bicycle, microphone, etc). The fMRI techniques will provide evidence for segregated processing of different types of observed actions within the parietal cortex. The EEG techniques will provide the time course of the electric activity in the parietal regions in comparison to the events and dynamic changes in the video and the time course in other parts of the action observation network. The stereo EEG also provides a more precise localization than fMRI, serving as an important confirmation of the fMRI results. The single cell recordings are crucial to demonstrate the selectivity of the neuronal processes for actions observed, their postural or kinematic parameters or localization in the visual field. This selectivity is crucial to show the presence of mirror neurons for the different types of actions and the use of tools, to document the contribution of the parietal neurons to discrimination between actions, and to assess the benefits of stereoscopic viewing. This project should yield a comprehensive view of the role of parietal lobe in action planning and understanding, including using artificial implements, and pave the way for understanding how higher-order parietal cognitive processes are rooted in the simpler action planning and understanding capacities.
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Principal Investigator

Guy A. Orban (Prof.)

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Address

Via Universita 12
43100 Parma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 475 000

Principal Investigator

Guy A. Orban (Prof.)

Administrative Contact

Giuseppe Luppino (Prof.)

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 2 475 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323606

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 475 000

  • EU contribution

    € 2 475 000

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy