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Antonella Tramacere
University of Bologna
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    Temporal binding: digging into animal minds through time perception.Antonella Tramacere & Colin Allen - 2022 - Synthese 200 (1):1-24.
    Temporal binding is the phenomenon in which events related as cause and effect are perceived by humans to be closer in time than they actually are). Despite the fact that temporal binding experiments with humans have relied on verbal instructions, we argue that they are adaptable to nonhuman animals, and that a finding of temporal binding from such experiments would provide evidence of causal reasoning that cannot be reduced to associative learning. Our argument depends on describing and theoretically motivating an (...)
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    Distributed loci of control: Overcoming stale dichotomies in biology and cognitive science.Daniel C. Burnston & Antonella Tramacere - 2023 - Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia 14:103-117.
    _Abstract_: We argue that theoretical debates in biology and cognitive science often are based around differences in the posited _locus of control _for biological and cognitive phenomena. Internalists about locus of control posit that specific causal control over the phenomenon is exerted by factors internal (to the relevant subsystem) of an organism. Externalists posit that causally specific influence is due to external factors. In theoretical biology, we suggest, a minimal agreement has developed that the locus of control for heritable variation (...)
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    Reconsidering the Role of Manual Imitation in Language Evolution.Antonella Tramacere & Richard Moore - 2018 - Topoi 37 (2):319-328.
    In this paper, we distinguish between a number of different phenomena that have been called imitation, and identify one form—a high fidelity mechanism for social learning—considered to be crucial for the development of language. Subsequently, we consider a common claim in the language evolution literature, which is that prior to the emergence of vocal language our ancestors communicated using a sophisticated gestural protolanguage, the learning of some parts of which required manual imitation. Drawing upon evidence from recent work in neuroscience, (...)
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    Mirror neurons through the lens of epigenetics.Pier F. Ferrari, Antonella Tramacere, Elizabeth A. Simpson & Atsushi Iriki - 2013 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (9):450-457.
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    A causal view of the sense of agency.Antonella Tramacere - 2022 - Philosophical Psychology 35 (3):442-465.
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  6. Faces in the mirror, from the neuroscience of mimicry to the emergence of mentalizing.Antonella Tramacere & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2016 - Journal of Anthropological Studies 94:1-14.
    In the current opinion paper, we provide a comparative perspective on specific aspects of primate empathic abilities, with particular emphasis on the mirror neuron system associated with mouth/face actions and expression. Mouth and faces can be very salient communicative classes of stimuli that allow an observer access to the emotional and physiological content of other individuals. We thus describe patterns of activations of neural populations related to observation and execution of specific mouth actions and emotional facial expressions in some species (...)
     
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  7. Epigenetic regulation of mirror neuron development, and related evolutionary hypotheses.Antonella Tramacere - 2015 - In Pier Francesco Ferrari & Giacomo Rizzolatti (eds.), New Frontiers in Mirror Neurons Research.
    This chapter offers a brief review of theories on mirror neuron development, highlighting different models. These models focus on either the role of genetic mechanisms or the contributions of experience and of learning processes in shaping the brain circuits involved in action–perception coupling. As an alternative, the chapter proposes an epigenetic model for mirror neuron development, explaining how such a model can help to elucidate, within a unifying explanatory framework, the emergence, diversity, and functional reuse of mirror neurons. Lastly, a (...)
     
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    Auditory-Motor Matching in Vocal Recognition and Imitative Learning.Antonella Tramacere, Pier Francesco Ferrari, Atsushi Iriki, Kazuo Okanoya & Kazuhiro Wada - 2019 - Neuroscience 409:222-234.
    Songbirds possess mirror neurons (MNs) activating during the perception and execution of specific features of songs. These neurons are located in high vocal center (HVC), a premotor nucleus implicated in song perception, production and learning, making worth to inquire their properties and functions in vocal recognition and imitative learning. By integrating a body of brain and behavioral data, we discuss neurophysiology, anatomical, computational properties and possible functions of songbird MNs. -/- We state that the neurophysiological properties of songbird MNs depends (...)
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    The Emotional Modulation of Facial Mimicry: A Kinematic Study.Antonella Tramacere, Pier F. Ferrari, Maurizio Gentilucci, Valeria Giuffrida & Doriana De Marco - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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    Neuroepigenetics in Philosophical Focus: A Critical Analysis of the Philosophy of Mechanisms.Antonella Tramacere & John Bickle - 2024 - Biological Theory 19 (1):56-71.
    Epigenetics investigates the dynamics of gene expression in various cells, and the signals from the internal and external environment affecting these dynamics. Neuroepigenetics extends this research into neurons and glia cells. Environmental-induced changes in gene expression are not only associated with the emerging structure and function of the nervous system during ontogeny, but are also fundamental to the wiring of neural circuitries responsible for learning and memory. Yet philosophers of science and neuroscience have so far paid little attention to these (...)
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  11. The evolution of skilled imitative learning: a social attention hypothesis.Antonella Tramacere & Richard Moore - 2020 - In Ellen Fridland & Carlotta Pavese (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 394-408.
    Humans are uncontroversially better than other species at learning from their peers. A key example of this is imitation, the ability to reproduce both the means and ends of others’ behaviours. Imitation is critical to the acquisition of a number of uniquely human cultural and cognitive traits. However, while authors largely agree on the importance of imitation, they disagree about the origins of imitation in humans. Some argue that imitation is an adaptation, connected to the ‘Mirror Neuron System’ that evolved (...)
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  12. Mirror neurons in the tree of life: mosaic evolution, plasticity and exaptation of sensorimotor matching responses.Antonella Tramacere & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2016 - Biological Reviews 92 (3):1819-1841.
    Considering the properties of mirror neurons (MNs) in terms of development and phylogeny, we offer a novel, unifying, and testable account of their evolution according to the available data and try to unify apparently discordant research, including the plasticity of MNs during development, their adaptive value and their phylogenetic relationships and continuity. We hypothesize that the MN system reflects a set of interrelated traits, each with an independent natural history due to unique selective pressures, and propose that there are at (...)
     
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    Neonatal imitation and an epigenetic account of mirror neuron development.Elizabeth A. Simpson, Nathan A. Fox, Antonella Tramacere & Pier F. Ferrari - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (2):220-220.
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    Cognitive Twists: The Coevolution of Learning and Genes in Human Cognition.Antonella Tramacere & Fabrizio Mafessoni - 2024 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 15 (1):189-217.
    In this paper, we propose the expression cognitive twists for cognitive mechanisms that result from the coevolution of genes and learning. Evidence is available that at least some cultural learning mechanisms, such as imitation and language, have evolved genetically under the pressure produced by culture, even though they are mostly acquired through domain-general learning during development. Although the existence of these mechanisms is consistent with evolutionary theory, their importance has not been sufficiently emphasized by mind-centered accounts of human cognitive evolution, (...)
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    Putting microbiota-gut-brain research in a systemic developmental context: Focus on breast milk.Brittany Howell & Antonella Tramacere - 2019 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42.
    The microbiota-gut-brain field holds huge potential for understanding behavioral development and informing effective early interventions for psychological health. To realize this potential, factors that shape the MGB axis in infancy must be integrated into a systemic framework that considers salient behavioral outcomes. This is best accomplished applying network analyses in large prospective, longitudinal investigations in humans.
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    A Very Nice Meal with an Unsatisfying Appetizer.Antonella Tramacere - 2023 - Acta Biotheoretica 71 (2):1-8.
    As an Italian from the South, I have been socialized to care a lot about cooking. Quality of the food is a fundamental starting point for a successful result; in addition, you need expertise in food preparation and the capacity to balance dishes together in a single meal, from appetizer to dessert. I find Isabella Sarto-Jackson’s book The Making and Breaking of Mind a very nice meal with good-quality food prepared with expert hands, but the dish balance is a bit (...)
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