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Professor Leonardo Fogassi
~ Full Professor of Human Physiology ~

 
Academic profile  

I was born in La Spezia and I took my first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1982.

In 1989 I toke my PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Parma.

I spent fifteen months of my PhD in Richard Andersen's lab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in MIT.

From 1990 to 1999 I worked as a researcher in the Institute of Human Physiology of Parma.

From 1996 to 1999 I had a contract as a Professor of Fundamentals of Neuroscience in the School of Psychology of the University of Parma.

In 1999 I became Associate Professor of Human Physiology.

I am currently teaching Physiology to undergraduate students of the School of Psychology of the University of Parma and Physiology of Vision in the course for Optometrists of the School of Medicine of the University of Parma.


(+39) 0521-033736
(+39) 0521-033898


leonardo.fogassi@unipr.it

Research Interests  

My major research interests concerns the sensori-motor transformations operated by the cerebral cortex and the role of motor cortex in action perception.

I study these topics by means of neurophysiological and behavioral techniques.

My publications are related to the neurophysiology of space perception, coding of prehension movements, and action understanding.

 
Recent Publications  

Ferrari P.F., Fogassi L., Gallese V., Rizzolatti G.
Mirror neurons responding to the observation of ingestive and communicative mouth actions in the monkey ventral premotor cortex.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 17 (8), 1703-1714, 2003.

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Rizzolatti G., Fogassi L., Gallese V.
Motor and cognitive functions of the ventral premotor cortex.
Curr. Op. Neurobiol. 12: 149-154, 2002.

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Kohler E., Keysers C., Umiltà M.A., Fogassi L., Gallese V., Rizzolatti G.
Hearing sounds, understanding actions: action representation in mirror neurons.
Science 297: 846-848, 2002.

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Gallese V., Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Rizzolatti G.
Action representation and the inferior parietal lobule.
In Prinz, W., and Hommel, B. (Eds.) Common Mechanisms in Perception and Action: Attention and Performance, Vol. XIX. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 247-266, 2002.

 

Rizzolatti G., Fogassi L., Gallese V.
Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the understanding, imitation of action.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2:661-670, 2001.

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Umiltà M.A., Kohler E., Gallese V., Fogassi L., Fadiga L., Keysers C., Rizzolatti G.
“I know what you are doing”: a neurophysiological study.
Neuron, 31:155-165, 2001.

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Buccino G., Binkofski F., Fink G.R., Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Gallese V., Seitz R.J., Zilles K., Rizzolatti G., Freund H.J.
Action observation activates premotor and parietal areas in a somatotopic manner: an fMRI study.
Eur. J. Neurosci. 13: 400-404, 2001.

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Fogassi L., Gallese V., Buccino G., Craighero L., Fadiga L., Rizzolatti G.
Cortical mechanisms for the visual guidance of hand grasping movements in the monkey: a reversible inactivation study.
Brain 124:571-586, 2001.

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Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Gallese V., Rizzolatti G.
Visuomotor neurons: ambiguity of the discharge or ‘motor’ perception?
Int. J. Psychophysiology, 35:165-77, 2000.

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Ferrari P.F., Kohler E., Fogassi L., Gallese V.
The ability to follow eye gaze and its emergence during development in macaque monkeys.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 97:13997-14002, 2000.

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Rizzolatti G., Fogassi L., Gallese V.
Cortical mechanisms subserving object grasping and action recognition: a new view on the cortical motor functions.
In: The New Cognitive Neurosciences, 2nd Edition, M. S. Gazzaniga (ed.)
A Bradford Book, The MIT Press, 2000, pp. 539-552.

 

Fogassi L., Raos V., Franchi G., Gallese V., Luppino G., Matelli M.
Visual responses in the dorsal premotor area F2 of the macaque monkey.
Exp. Brain Res. 128: 194-199, 1999.

 

Rizzolatti G., Fogassi L., Gallese, V.,
Parietal cortex: from sight to action.
Current Opinion in Neurobiology 7:562-567, 1997.

 

Rizzolatti G., Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Gallese, V.,
The space around us.
Science 277: 190-191, 1997.

 

Murata A., Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Gallese V., Raos V., Rizzolatti G.
Object representation in the ventral premotor cortex (area F5) of the monkey.
Journal of Neurophysiology 78: 2226-2230, 1997.

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Gallese V., Fadiga L., Fogassi L., Rizzolatti G.
Action recognition in the premotor cortex.
Brain 119 (2):593-609, 1996.

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Fogassi L., Gallese V., Fadiga L., Luppino G., Matelli M., Rizzolatti G.
Coding of peripersonal space in inferior premotor cortex (area F4).
Journal of Neurophysiology 76: 141-157, 1996.

 

 
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