After obtaining my PhD on the cognitive and computational models of spoken dialogue from the Univeristy of Pisa, Italy, I worked at the Institut des Sciences Cognitive-CNRS in Lyon, at the MRC-CBU and in the Neurolex Group at Cambridge University, UK, and at Humboldt and Freie University in Berlin.
I investigate the neurocognitive properties of language comprehension and production, asking some of the following questions:
To address these questions, I employ behavioural, computational linguistic and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, MEG; both univariate and multivariate approaches to time data series [representational similarity analysis and pattern classification]).
Upcoming - Spring Semester 2020: "Neurocognition of reading". Lecturer. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.
August 2019: "Trends and Topics in Neurolinguistics", Course Leader with Karin Heidlmayr. International Radboud Summer School, Radboud University, MPI, DCCN, Nijmegen.
April 2019: “The representation of concepts in the brain”. MA course. Lecturer. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.
2018: "Representational Similarity Analysis and the representations of semantic categories". MA/PhD course. Guest Lecturer. Freie Universität, Berlin.
2017: "Neurocognition of language: the meaningful brain". MA/PhD/early postdoc course. Lecturer. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, School of Mind and Brain.
2013-2016: Cambridge MA student supervisor for the MA course "Psychology and Neurocognition of Language" (Head: Mirjana Bozic; Lorraine Tyler, Matt Davis).
2010-2012: "Neurobiology of Language". Guest Lecturer. Cambridge University, Dept. of Applied Linguistics.
2001: "Computational models of language". Guest Lecturer. University of Pisa.
2000: Computational Linguistics: Seminar for Staff Members and PhD students: University of Pavia: "Automatic dialogue act recognition".
Neurocognitive representations of linguistic complexity across different languages. Radboud University, Nijmegen. Invited talk.
Representational Similarity Mapping of lexico-semantic complexity in the human brain: evidence from fMRI. H-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. May 2019. Invited talk.
Spatiotemporal patterns of language comprehension: neuromagnetic evidence. H-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. June 2019. Invited talk.
Neurocognitive representations of lexical complexity. University of Pisa. Invited talk.
Fronto-temporal networks for automatic visual recognition: MEG evidence. MPI. Invited Talk.
Comparing models of semantic representations in the brain. Freie Universität, Berlin. Invited talk.
Neural representations of morphosyntactic complexity. University of Potsdam, Germany. February 2017. Invited talk.
Cross-linguistic patterns of semantic/pragmatic and linguistic functions in the dual system. University Claude Bernard, Lyon. Invited Talk.
Cortical reflections of conceptual knowledge as revealed by RSA. University of Aix-Marseille. Invited Talk.
2017: Is computational linguistics relevant to neuroscience? How different computational metrics of lexical semantic information are reflected by brain activity patterns during the semantic/pragmatic interpretation of language. Cambridge University. Invited talk.
Representational similarity in the brain and computational language processing: new clues about the neural encoding of word meaning" CNS 2017 Data Blitz.
Where and how does the brain represent words? A critical review. Freie University, Berlin, Germany. Invited Talk.
Neurocognitive substrates of derivational morphology: evidence from Italian. Potsdam University, Germany.
Word co-occurrence statistics and conceptual taxonomies predict dissociable fMRI information patterns in the brain semantic systems. CNS 2016. Data Blitz and Postdoctoral Award CNS 2016.
Representational patterns of semantic relationships between and within words. CNC-ISC, Lyon, France. Invited Talk.
More than words: lexical-semantic relationships in the brain semantic systems. UCL. Invited Talk.
2014: Co-occurrence and taxonomy are reflected by the similarity patterns in distinct cortical networks, Cambridge University, UK.
2013: Neurobiological systems for nonconcatenative morphology in Arabic. University of Cambridge, UK.
2012: Representational similarity among conceptual categories in the fronto-temporal language systems. Freie Univerity, Berlin.
2011: Latent semantic analysis reflects the categorical structure of concepts in the left inferior frontal gyrus. University of Cambridge, UK.
Time course of speech act processing. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Invited talk.
Neurophysiological correlates of speech planning. MRC-CBU, UK.
2009: Cortical dynamics of intentional speech-acts: a MEG study. University of Melbourne. Invited Talk.
2006: Dinamiche spazio-temporali dell’attività cerebrale durante la produzione e la percezione del linguaggio: nuove prospettive aperte dalla magnetoencefalografia. University of Vercelli, September 2006. Invited Talk.
2004: Gathering Common Ground on the negotiated topic: the role of contrastive markers in Italian. North-eastern Illinois University, Chicago. Invited Talk.