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Prof. Corrado Sinigaglia
Professore Straordinario di Logica e Filosofia della Scienza Stampa

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I am Full Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science. I have been at University of Milan since 2001 when I was appointed as Assistant Professor there. Before that I studied at the Husserl-Archives of Leuven (1992-1993), at the Ecole Normale Superiéure of Paris (1994), and at the University of Genova (1995-1999), where I obtained my PhD in Philosophy of Science. Fields of research: Cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind. I'm currently working on the role of action in social cognition, and I have defended a motor approach to intentionality. Here you can find my CV and some reviews of my books.

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MOTOR PLANNING AND PRACTICAL REASONING - BRITISH ACADEMY LEVERHULME SMALL RESEARCH GRANTS Much recent research indicates that motor planning must mesh with practical reasoning, both in understanding and in performing actions. But what states and processes could explain how motor planning meshes with practical reasoning, and with thinking more generally? Disciplinary boundaries have obscured the difficulty of this question. Motor planning is a topic for cognitive science, whereas practical reasoning tends to be studied by philosophers alone. The project is to bring the two together in order to provide a framework for understanding how motor planning and practical reasoning interact in understanding and in performing actions. This may help with explaining what actions are, how we understand others' minds, and how we can act together

ACTION REPRESENTATIONS AND THEIR IMPAIRMENT Neuroscience Programme sponsored by Compagnia San Paolo. The aim of the project is to investigate the cortical action organisation in humans from both a functional and computational point of view, elucidating its role in intention understanding as well as in related impairments, with special reference to autism.

CENSES Center for the Study of the Senses Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The Center will run a series of seminars covering recent philosophical and neuroscientific research on the nature of our sensory systems (multisensory integration and cross-modal influences, sense of agency and bodily ownership, sensory deficits, sensory extensions and sensory substitutions, the cognitive penetrability and individuation of the senses).

THE KNOWLEDGE & ACTION LAB (KAL) - JORISS (JOINT RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY) The general goal of the Knowledge & Action Lab is to foster research in the area of the theory of scientific knowledge, traditionally designated as philosophy of science or epistemology. The Lab will take as a main axis for its investigations the problem of the relations between knowledge and action, and therefore, between the theory of knowledge and the theory of action.

NEUROPHILOSOPHY The main aim of Neurophilosophy is to foster research in both philosophy and brain science. It will run a series of lectures and seminars covering various fields of research such as philosophy of mind, psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience.

MORE GEOMETRICO More Geometrico is an interdisciplinary research group devoted to the investigation of the increasingly fundamental role played by geometrical and topological methods and ideas in physics, life sciences and cognitive neuroscience.

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Action Lab, University of California

Body Representation Laboratory, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birbeck University of London

Centre for Situated Action and Communication, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Centre d'Epistémologie des Sciences Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superiéure de Lyon

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Latest papers and books Stampa
  • M. Costantini, F. Frassinetti, M. Maini, E. Ambrosini, V. Gallese & C. Sinigaglia (2014) When a laser pen becomes a stick: remapping of space by tool-use observation in hemispatial neglec, Experimental Brain Research Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print]
  • V. Gallese & C. Sinigaglia (2014) Understanding action with the motor system. Behavioral Brain Science 37(2):199-200. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13002288.
  • S. Butterfill & C. Sinigaglia (2014) Intention and motor representation in purposive action. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88 (1): 119-145.
  • V. Gallese & C. Sinigaglia (2013) Cognition in action: A new look at the cortical motor system. In J. Metcalfe & H.S. Terrace (eds) Agency and Joint Attention. Oxford University Press, New York: 178-195.
  • E. Ambrosini, V. Reddy, A. de Looper, M. Costantini, B. Lopez, C. Sinigaglia (2013) Looking ahead: anticipatory gaze and motor ability in infancy. PLoS ONE, 8 (7):e67916. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067916. Print 20
  • G. Di Cesare, C. Di Dio, M.J. Rochat, C. Sinigaglia, N. Bruschweiler-Stern, D. Stern, G. Rizzolatti (2013) The neural correlates of vitality form recognition: an fMRI studySocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience doi: 10.1093/scan/nst068.
  • M.J. Rochat, V. Veroni, N. Bruschweiler-Stern, C.Pieraccini, F. Bonnet-Brilhault, C. Barthélémy, J Malvy, C. Sinigaglia, D. Stern, G. Rizzolatti (2013) Impaired vitality form recognition in autism. Neuropsychologia, 51 (10): 1918-1924.
  • G. Rizzolatti & C. Sinigaglia (2013) Understanding action from the inside. In W. Prinz, M. Beisert & A. Herwig (eds) Action Science: Foundations of an Emerging Discipline. MIT Press, Cambdridge Mass: 201-227.
  • M. Costantini, E. Ambrosini, P. Cardellicchio, C. Sinigaglia (2013) How your hand drives my eyes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience doi: 10.1093/scan/nst037.
  • G. Tessitore, C. Sinigaglia, R. Prevete (2013) Hierarchical and multiple hand action representation using temporal postural synergies. Experimental Brain Research doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3344-9
  • G. Hickok & C. Sinigaglia (2013) Clarifying the role of the mirror system. Neuroscience Letters doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.11.029.
  • C. Sinigaglia (2013) What type of action understanding is subserved by mirror neurons? Neuroscience Letters doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.10.016.
  • M. Costantini, E. Ambrosini, C. Sinigaglia (2012) Does how I look at what are you doing depend on what I doing? Acta Psychologica, 141: 199-204.
  • P. Cardellicchio, C. Sinigaglia & M. Constantini (2012) Grasping affordances with the other's hand. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience doi: 10.1093/scan/nss017.
  • E. Ambrosini, M. Costantini, C. Sinigaglia (2012) Out of your hand’s reach, out of my eyes’ reach. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(5): 848-855.
  • M. Costantini, E. Ambrosini, C. Sinigaglia (2012) Tie my hands, tie my eyes. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 38(2): 263-266.
  • C. Sinigaglia (2012) Seeing with the hands. In F. Paglieri (ed) Consciousness in interaction: the role of the natural and social context in shaping consciousness. John Benjamins, Amsterdam: 225-235.
  • M. Costantini, C. Sinigaglia (2012) Grasping affordance: A window onto social cognition. In A. Seeman (ed.) Joint Attention: New Developments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience. MIT Press, Cambridge Mass.: 431-470.
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