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Abstract #1694

Lateralization of the Mirror Neuron System During Observation and Execution of Object-Related Actions: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Study in Right and Left-Handed Subjects

Monia Cabinio1, Valeria Blasi1, Marcella Montagna2, Paola Borroni3, Antonella Iadanza1, Giuseppe Scotti1, Andrea Falini1, Gabriella Cerri2

1Neuroradiology, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy; 2Istituto di Fisiologia Umana II, Universit degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy; 3Dipartimento di Medicina, Chirurgia e Odontoiatria, Universit degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy

Mirror neurons are visuomotor neurons active during both oservation and execution of object-related hand movements. Its hypotesized their involvement in action understanding. Aim of this study is to evaluate if the activation of the mirror neuron system is lateralized in humans. We performed a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study on right and left-handed normal subjects during observation and execution of grasping movements done with the left or right hand.