Vittorio Gallese , M.D.
Vittorio Gallese is professor of physiology in the Department of Neuroscience of the School of Medicine at the University of Parma. He is renowned as a chief member of the team of researchers that discovered mirror neurons. He has worked at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Nihon University of Tokyo, Japan, and in 2002 he was visiting professor at the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. His major research interests are the relationship between action perception and cognition, using a variety of neurophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. He is also interested in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the embodied bases of intersubjectivity and social cognition. He has published approximately 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and books. He is also co-editor with Maxim Stamenov of Mirror Neurons and the Evolution of Brain and Language (2002).