Giacomo Rizzolatti, a world famous neurophysiologist, is Head of the Parma Unit of the CNR’s Institute of Neurosciences. He led the team that discovered mirror neurons at the beginning of the 1990s. These brain cells activate whether one performs an action oneself or if one watches another person doing a similar action. In 2014, the Lundbeck Foundation awarded him the Brain Prize and he also won the Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine the same year, while in 2016 he was given the Lombardia è Ricerca Prize.

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