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Giacomo Rizzolatti

Giacomo Rizzolatti (born April 28, 1937) is an Italian neurophysiologist who works at the University of Parma. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he is the Senior Scientist of the research team that discovered mirror neurons in the frontal and parietal cortex of the macaque monkey, and has written many scientific articles on the topic. He is a past president of the European Brain and Behaviour Society. Rizzolatti was the 2007 co-recipient, with Leonardo Fogassi and Vittorio Gallese, for the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

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