Pier Francesco Ferrari
Associate Professor, University of Parma, Italy and
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
His research interests have been focused on the neuroethology of social behavior and on the cognitive processes underlying it. In the last ten years his main focus has been the role of parietal and premotor cortical functions in relation to social cognition in macaques. In particular, he is interested in the role of mirror neurons in monkey social behaviour. His work is mainly focus on the developmental landmarks and behavioral factors that modulate their functions. Understanding the developmental trajectory of these mechanisms has the potential to provide major new insights into the pathophysiological basis for neurodevelopmental disorders in humans.