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Prof. Corrado Sinigaglia

Professor of Philosophy of Science


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About me

I am Full Professor of 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 motor processes and representations in joint action. Here you can find my CV.

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  • Filosofia della scienza (Corso di Laura Magistrale) Joint Actions: What they are and in virtue of what they are what they are I Semestre

  • Storia e filosofia della psicologia Sé e altri. Cognizione motoria e sociale
    II Semestre

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Research Projects

PRIN 2017-2020 The cognitive neuroscience of interpersonal coordination and cooperation: a motor approach in humans and non-human primates. Interpersonal coordination and cooperation around collective goals provide a core feature of human sociality, often involving a shared sense of agency, or responsibility, on the corresponding outcomes. However, coordination and cooperation seem also to occur (at least in more elementary forms) in non-human primates. The overall aim of the project is to systematically investigate the cognitive architecture of coordination and cooperation and their neural underpinnings. Our main conjecture is that some critical building blocks can be found within the motor system.

BIAL FOUNDATION 2019-2021 The motor roots of acting together: A psychophysiological investigationThe aim of the project is to explore the possibility and provide psychophysiological evidence that, when people act together, the collective goals of their actions are represented motorically. We will employ a multimodal approach,i.e. TMS-EEG coregistration, which offers a unique insight into effective connectivity, the description of causal interactions between regions. TMS-EEG will be used to measure activity and connectivity of the cortical motor system during joint actions.

TRANSITION GRANT 2015-2017 The main aim is to explore whether and how  motor processes and representations may facilitate coordination around collective goals as well as to investigate how such 'facilitation' can modulate (or being modulated by) higher-order processes and representations, especially when coordination requires to make use of abstract reasoning, conventions, or social norms.

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.

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.

COGNITION IN ACTION (CIA) LAB The CIA lab explores cognitive, perceptual and motor processes underlying social interaction. Our take is that action has a driving role in cognition, in individual as well as in social contexts. Broadly speaking, research in the CIA LAB falls within the domains of Motor Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. This research was funded by the Department of Philosophy "Piero Martinetti" of the University of Milan under the Project "Department of Excellence 2018-2022" awarded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

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