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Humanities & Neuroscience

Mirror Neurons, Embodied Simulation, and Aesthetic Experience

Vittorio Gallese of the University of Parma, an acclaimed speaker at the 2006 Forum on Art and the New Biology of Mind, returned to the Academy to deliver this lecture, which brought another full house.

The subject of mirror neurons – of which Gallese was one of the principal discoverers – now arouses intense interest in many fields, as was proved by the lively post-lecture discussion launched and moderated by respondents David Freedberg (Director of the Italian Academy) and Kevin Ochsner (Director of Columbia's Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory).

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