Vittorio Gallese

Professor of Physiology, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma

Vittorio Gallese, M.D., is a neurologist and Professor of Physiology at the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Parma, Italy. He is Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience and Director of the Doctoral School of Medicine of the University of Parma.

A cognitive neuroscientist, his research interests focus on the cognitive role of the motor system and on an embodied account of social cognition. His major contribution is the discovery, together with his colleagues of Parma, of mirror neurons and the elaboration of a theoretical model of social cognition, Embodied Simulation Theory. He worked at the University of Lausanne, at the Nihon University of Tokyo, and at the University of California at Berkeley.

Among his honors are the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology in 2007, Doctor Honoris Causa from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2010, the Arnold Pfeffer Prize for Neuropsychoanalysis in 2010, and the KOSMOS Professor Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 2013-14.

Participant In:

Aby Warburg: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis: Day 1

Saturday, October 12th
9:00AM - 4:15PM

Past Event

This two-day symposium explores Warburg’s ideas and their adumbrations, e.g., his preoccupations with – and intuitions about – memory, both in relation to different forms of artistic creation and in anticipation of concepts related to neuroplasticity and neuroesthetics; the significance and fluency of the image – its elliptical and metaphoric functions – and of affect… read more »