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The organization and cognitive role of the mirror system

Objective

The aim of this project is to study a newly discovered neural system, the mirror system, and to assess its role in fundamental cognitive functions such as imitation and understanding intentions of others. In the project are involved seven leading European groups of neuroscientists. They will address the problem of the organization of mirror system at various levels: anatomical, electrophysiological (single neuron recordings from STS) and functional (fMRI and 2DG studies). The basic mechanisms of the mirror system will be investigated in both monkeys and humans using similar stimuli. The higher functions related to mirror system will be investigated in humans using fMRI. Particularly innovative is the use of fMRI technique in monkeys. These experiments will allow the researchers to bridge basic knowledge on mirror mechanism, available in monkeys, with human fMRI data.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Address
Via Antonio Gramsci 14
43100 Parma
Italy

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Boulevard Pinel 67
69675 Bron
FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Greece
Address
Vassilika Vouton
71110 Iraklion
HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF
Germany
Address
C/o Universitaetstrasse, 1
40001 Duesseldorf
UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1
France
Address
Boulevard Pinel 67
69675 Bron
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Queen Square
WC1N 3BG London
UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
Address
Westburn Lane
KY16 9JU St Andrews