Giacomo Rizzolatti

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Giacomo Rizzolatti
Born (1937-04-28) 28 April 1937 (age 86)
Alma materUniversity of Padua
Known forMirror neurons
AwardsGolgi Prize for Physiology
George Miller Award
Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine (2000)
Herlitzka Prize for Physiology
Brain Prize for Neurosciences
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Parma
Academic advisorsGiuseppe Moruzzi

Giacomo Rizzolatti (born 28 April 1937[1]) is an Italian neurophysiologist who works at the University of Parma. Born in Kyiv, UkSSR, he is the Senior Scientist of the research team that discovered mirror neurons in the frontal and parietal cortex of the macaque monkey, and has written many scientific articles on the topic. He also proposed the premotor theory of attention.[2] He is a past president of the European Brain and Behaviour Society. Rizzolatti was the 2007 co-recipient, with Leonardo Fogassi and Vittorio Gallese, for the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.[3] He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea,[4] National Academy of Sciences,[5] and Royal Society[4] In 2020 he adheres to Empathism.[6]


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Selected works[edit]

  • Nelissen, Koen; Luppino, Giuseppe; Vanduffel, Wim; Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Orban, Guy A. (2005). "Observing Others: Multiple Action Representation in the Frontal Lobe". Science. 310 (5746): 332–336. Bibcode:2005Sci...310..332N. doi:10.1126/science.1115593. PMID 16224029. S2CID 18812275.
  • Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Sinigaglia, Corrado (2008). Mirrors In The Brain: How Our Minds Share Actions and Emotions. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921798-4.


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