Workpackage 7: Action learning in macaques

Behavioral processes involved in learning of complex action sequences performed with a tool and in the control of calls and gestures in the macaque monkey.

Dr Leonardo Fogassi, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma home page
Dr Stefano Rozzi, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma mail home page

Start 01/ 10/2006 End 30/09/2009

Project 7


To increase understanding of the degree of control of vocal and brachiomanual communicative gestures in macaques, and of the extent to which they are able to learn and execute complex action sequences such as those required in tool-use.


An experimental study of individual and observational learning of tool use in macaques.

An experimental study of learning of vocalization and gestures in macaques.

Related publications

Ferrari, P-F; Rozzi, S; Fogassi, L (2005) Mirror Neurons Responding to Observation of Actions Made with Tools in Monkey Ventral Premotor Cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Vol 17:212-226.

Fogassi and Ferrari, 2004

Fogassi et al., 2005

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