Giacomo Rizzolatti

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Giacomo Rizzolatti
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Born (1937-04-28) April 28, 1937 (age 84)
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 April 28, 1937[1]) is an Italian neurophysiologist who works at the University of Parma. Born in Kiev, 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]


These are listed on the right side of the Wikipedia page: Golgi Prize for Physiology George Miller Award Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine Herlitzka Prize for Physiology

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.


  1. ^ "Professor Giacomo Rizzolatti, Universita Degli Studi Di Parma Department of Neuroscience". Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  2. ^ Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Riggio, Lucia; Dascola, Isabella; Umiltá, Carlo (1987-01-01). "Reorienting attention across the horizontal and vertical meridians: Evidence in favor of a premotor theory of attention". Neuropsychologia. 25 (1, Part 1): 31–40. doi:10.1016/0028-3932(87)90041-8. ISSN 0028-3932.
  3. ^ 2007- Giacomo Rizzolatti, Vittorio Gallese and Leonardo Fogassi Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Missing or empty |title= (help)