Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Iacoboni pioneered the research on mirror neurons, the “smart cells” in our brain that allow us to understand others. His research has been covered by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and major TV networks. Marco Iacoboni‚Äôs book on mirror neurons is entitled Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others

Selected Publications

Iacoboni, M., Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others, Picador (2009)

Iacoboni, M., Imitation, Empathy, and Mirror Neurons, Annual Review of Psychology (2009)

Iacoboni, M., Dapretto, M., The mirror neuron system and the consequences of its dysfunction, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7:942–951 (2006)

Dapretto, M., Davies, M.S., Pfeifer, J.H., Scott, A.A., Sigman, M., Bookheimer, S.Y., Iacoboni, M., Understanding Emotions in Others: Mirror Neuron Dysfunction in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nature Neuroscience, 9:28–30 (2006)

Iacoboni, M., Molnar-Szakacs, I., Gallese, V., Buccino, G., Mazziotta, J.C., Rizzolatti, G., Grasping the intentions of others with one’s own mirror neuron system, PLoS Biology, 3(3): e79 (2005)

Iacoboni, M., Neural mechanisms of imitation, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 15:632–637 (2005)

Wilson, S.M., Saygin, A.P., Sereno, M.I., Iacoboni, M., Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production, Nature Neuroscience 7:701–2 (2004)

Carr, L., Iacoboni, M., Dubeau, M.-C., Mazziotta, J.C., and Lenzi G.L., Neural mechanisms of empathy in humans: A relay from neural systems for imitation to limbic areas, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 100:5497–5502 (2003)

Iacoboni, M., Koski, L., Brass, M., Bekkering, H., Woods, R.P., Dubeau, M.-C., Mazziotta, J.C., and Rizzolatti, G., Re-afferent Copies of Imitated Actions in the Right Superior Temporal Cortex, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 98:13995–9 (2001)

Iacoboni, M., Woods, R.P., Brass, M., Bekkering, H., Mazziotta, J.C., and Rizzolatti, G., Cortical mechanisms of human imitation, Science, 286:2526–8 (1999)