, Prince of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research 2011 -University of Parma

Rizzolatti is a neuroscientist of international prestige and emeritus professor of the University of Parma. He coordinated the group of scientists that discovered in 1992 mirror neurons, the physiological basis of empathy.

He has been awarded the prestigious Brain Prize (2014) and the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research (2011).

He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as author of  scientific publications in international journals.

He is president of the Empaticalab Scientific Committee


Discovered by Giacomo Rizzolatti and his team in 1992, it is considered one of the most important discoveries in neuroscience in recent years.

They are activated when observing the execution of an action or experimenting a mental representation of it.

They are closely related to social and imitative behaviors, as they are specialized in understanding not only the behavior of others but also how they feel.