Vittorio Gallese

Università di Parma (Italy)

Embodying cultural practices: a neuropragmatic approach

2022-2023: Fall and Spring

Vittorio Gallese, MD and trained neurologist, is Professor of Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Medicine & Surgery of the University of Parma, Italy, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Department of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. As a cognitive neuroscientist, his research focuses on the relationship between the sensorimotor system and cognition by investigating the neurobiological and bodily grounding of intersubjectivity, psychopathology, language and aesthetics. His major scientific contribution is the discovery of mirror neurons, together with the colleagues of Parma, and the development of a new model of perception and imagination: Embodied Simulation Theory. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and three books.

For the Academic Year 2023-24, he will be affiliated with the Italian Academy as an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar.