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Motor and cognitive functions of the monkey premotor cortex during free social interactions

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address: VIA UNIVERSITA 12
city: PARMA
postcode: 43100

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙338 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙338 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA IT (PARMA) coordinator 1˙499˙338.00


 Project objective

A number of studies demonstrated that the primates’ premotor cortex (PM) plays a crucial role not only in organizing movement, but also in perceptual and socio-cognitive functions. However, these studies have been carried out in laboratory settings, which deeply limit the possibility to understand the neural mechanisms underlying natural behaviours. To solve this problem, I propose a new approach consisting in a two-steps chronic recording of monkey PM neurons: first, single neurons response properties will be characterized in a traditional, head-restrained laboratory setting; then, in the same session, the same neurons activity will be recorded wirelessly during free interactions of the monkey with its physical and social environment. The project will initially focus on neurons belonging to the forelimb representation of the ventral (i.e. areas F4 and F5) and dorsal (area F2vr) PM, putatively well known for their role in sensorimotor transformations, goal coding, representation of space, and recognition of other’s observed actions. The same paradigm will then be applied to the study of the mesial pre-supplementary area F6, a crucial bridge between prefrontal and PM regions whose role in socio-cognitive functions remains still virtually unknown. Finally, by simultaneous, chronic recording of neuronal activity from lateral and mesial PM, we will first assess the functional interactions between these areas in both laboratory and natural settings, and then we will probe causality in these interactions by chemically manipulating neuronal activity of one region (i.e. F6) while recording from the other one (i.e. F5). The project will reveal the role of premotor cortex in motor and social functions during natural behaviours. In addition, it might open up new possibilities for future studies of neural plasticity and reorganization of ethologically-relevant motor, cognitive and social functions following chemical manipulation of neural activity and virtual brain lesions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Monica Maranesi, Stefania Bruni, Alessandro Livi, Francesco Donnarumma, Giovanni Pezzulo, Luca Bonini
Differential neural dynamics underling pragmatic and semantic affordance processing in macaque ventral premotor cortex
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48216-y
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-01-15
2019 Davide Albertini, Marzio Gerbella, Marco Lanzilotto, Alessandro Livi, Monica Maranesi, Carolina Giulia Ferroni, Luca Bonini
Connectional gradients underlie functional transitions in monkey pre-supplementary motor area
published pages: 101699, ISSN: 0301-0082, DOI: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2019.101699
Progress in Neurobiology 2020-01-15
2017 Carolina G. Ferroni, Monica Maranesi, Alessandro Livi, Marco Lanzilotto, Luca Bonini
Comparative Performance of Linear Multielectrode Probes and Single-Tip Electrodes for Intracortical Microstimulation and Single-Neuron Recording in Macaque Monkey
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5137, DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00084
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11 2020-01-15
2017 Monica Maranesi, Alessandro Livi, Luca Bonini
Spatial and viewpoint selectivity for others’ observed actions in monkey ventral premotor mirror neurons
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08956-1
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-01-15
2017 F Barz, A Livi, M Lanzilotto, M Maranesi, L Bonini, O Paul, P Ruther
Versatile, modular 3D microelectrode arrays for neuronal ensemble recordings: from design to fabrication, assembly, and functional validation in non-human primates
published pages: 36010, ISSN: 1741-2560, DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/aa5a90
Journal of Neural Engineering 14/3 2020-01-15
2019 Alessandro Livi, Marco Lanzilotto, Monica Maranesi, Leonardo Fogassi, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Luca Bonini
Agent-based representations of objects and actions in the monkey pre-supplementary motor area
published pages: 2691-2700, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1810890116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/7 2020-01-15
2019 Marco Lanzilotto, Carolina Giulia Ferroni, Alessandro Livi, Marzio Gerbella, Monica Maranesi, Elena Borra, Lauretta Passarelli, Michela Gamberini, Leonardo Fogassi, Luca Bonini, Guy A Orban
Anterior Intraparietal Area: A Hub in the Observed Manipulative Action Network
published pages: 1816-1833, ISSN: 1047-3211, DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhz011
Cerebral Cortex 29/4 2020-01-15

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