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  1. Towards a Bottom-Up Perspective on Animal and Human Cognition.Frans B. M. de Waal & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2010 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (5):201-207.
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    Reflections on the Differential Organization of Mirror Neuron Systems for Hand and Mouth and Their Role in the Evolution of Communication in Primates.Gino Coudé & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2018 - Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 19 (1-2):38-53.
    It is now generally accepted that the motor system is not purely dedicated to the control of behavior, but also has cognitive functions. Mirror neurons have provided a new perspective on how sensory information regarding others’ actions and gestures is coupled with the internal cortical motor representation of them. This coupling allows an individual to enrich his interpretation of the social world through the activation of his own motor representations. Such mechanisms have been highly preserved in evolution as they are (...)
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    Neurophysiological Bases Underlying the Organization of Intentional Actions and the Understanding of Others' Intention.Luca Bonini, Pier Francesco Ferrari & Leonardo Fogassi - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (3):1095-1104.
  4. 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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  5. The Mirror Matching System: A Shared Manifold for Intersubjectivity.Vittorio Gallese, Pier Francesco Ferrari & Maria Alessandra Umiltà - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (1):35-36.
    Empathy is the phenomenal experience of mirroring ourselves into others. It can be explained in terms of simulations of actions, sensations, and emotions which constitute a shared manifold for intersubjectivity. Simulation, in turn, can be sustained at the subpersonal level by a series of neural mirror matching systems.
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  6. 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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    Mirror Neurons, Gestures and Language Evolution.Leonardo Fogassi & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2005 - Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 5 (3):345-363.
    Different theories have been proposed for explaining the evolution of language. One of this maintains that gestural communication has been the precursor of human speech. Here we present a series of neurophysiological evidences that support this hypothesis. Communication by gestures, defined as the capacity to emit and recognize meaningful actions, may have originated in the monkey motor cortex from a neural system whose basic function was action understanding. This system is made by neurons of monkey’s area F5, named mirror neurons, (...)
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    New Frontiers in Mirror Neurons Research.Pier Francesco Ferrari & Giacomo Rizzolatti (eds.) - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    The discovery of mirror neurons caused a revolution in neuroscience and psychology. Nevertheless, because of their profound impact within life sciences, mirror neuron are still the subject of numerous debates concerning their origins and their functions. With more than 20 years of research in this area, it is timely to synthesise the expanding literature on this topic. 'New frontiers in Mirror Neurons' provides a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in mirror neurons research - accessible both to experts and to (...)
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    Beyond Aerodigestion: Exaptation of Feeding-Related Mouth Movements for Social Communication in Human and Nonhuman Primates.Lynne Murray, Valentina Sclafani, Holly Rayson, Leonardo De Pascalis, Laura Bozicevic & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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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 Extended Features of Mirror Neurons and the Voluntary Control of Vocalization in the Pathway to Language.Leonardo Fogassi, Gino Coudé & Pier Francesco Ferrari - forthcoming - Language and Cognition.
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    Mirror Neurons Are Central for a Second-Person Neuroscience: Insights From Developmental Studies.Elizabeth Ann Simpson & Pier Francesco Ferrari - 2013 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (4):438 - 438.
    Based on mirror neurons' properties, viewers are emotionally engaged when observing others infant interactions.
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