Georgette Argiris

Georgie was with us between 2015 and 2018, first as a PhD student (co-supervised with Raffaella Rumiati) and then on a brief post-doc. in the lab, Georgie explored the semantics of tools and fruits/vegetables, using priming and EEG. After us, she got a post-doc position at Columbia University, Department of Neurology.

Marco Barilari

After his master degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Trento, Marco worked with us as a Research Assistant on how visual deprivation affects perception and abstract concepts.

After his experience in the lab, he became a PhD student at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, under the supervision of Olivier Collignon.

Tatiana Bolgina

Tatiana earned her BA in Fundamental and Applied Linguistics at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, with a thesis about the relation between language lateralization and metrics of white matter pathways in the brain. She joined the lab as part of the UniTN-SISSA joint Master program in Cognitive Neuroscience. In the lab, Tatiana was involved in a project investigating the processing of mass and count nouns -- generally speaking, whether is it possible to predict the noun’s category by looking at the object it represents. In her work, she used behavioral and eye-tracking techniques.

Roberto Bottini

Roberto received a degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua and a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo. Before joining SISSA, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York (with Daniel Casasanto), at the University of Milano-Bicocca (with Davide again) and at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento (with Olivier Collignon). In the lab, Roberto led with Davide (and Olivier Collignon) a funded line of research on perceptual experience and word meaning. He was mostly based at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento, where the neuroimaging part of the project was carried out.

Roberto left us to launch his own lab thanks to an ERC Starting Grant (wow!) and become an Associate Professorship at the University of Trento.

Madalina Bucur

Madalina obtained her MS degree in Clinical, Developmental Psychology, and Neuropsychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, working on masked priming and embodied cognition with Davide and Roberto Bottini. She came back to the lab after a while as a Research Assistant, working on word meaning and masked priming, although in a less embodied way. Quite notably, her Master work took the form of a JEP:G paper.

Madalina moved on to become a PhD student at CIMeC, Trento, under the supervision of Costanza Papagno.

Suzanne Calhoun

Suzanne worked with as a Research Assistant and then as a PhD student on the statistical structure behind letter co-occurrence in language. She left us to become a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Stanford.

Benedetta Cevoli

Benedetta got her BS in Psychology at the University of Trieste in 2017. During her internship in the lab, she was involved in behavioural and eye-tracking experiments on the processing of written language in developing readers. She's also quite intrigued by the role of sleep in the consolidation of newly acquired information and the effects of bilingualism on cognitive function, which became Benedetta's main themes of research in her subsequent post, as a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, under the mentorship of Kathy Rastle.

Roberto Dessì

Roberto got his BSc in Computer Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and then enrolled into the MSc in Cognitive Science at CIMeC, University of Trento. After an internship in Speech Translation at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, he joined the lab for his master thesis on computational models of language evolution in MARL (Multi-Agent-Reinforcement-Learning). He worked with us, and Marco Baroni and Diane Bouchacourt at Facebook. 

As an AS Roma supporter in a lab led by a Juventino, Roberto had to leave at some point -- which he did brilliantly as he became a PhD student in Computational Linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Katarina Marjanovič

Katarina graduated from The Middle European Interdisciplinary Master Programme in Cognitive Science, jointly run by the University of Ljubljana and the University of Vienna. She did her PhD with us (2014-2018) on inflectional priming in sentence reading, using eye tracking and EEG (sometimes together).

She left us to become a Department Member at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education.

Piermatteo Morucci

Piermatteo completed his master studies in Linguistics at University College London before joining the lab as a research assistant in 2016, and again in 2017 (mostly based at CIMeC). Piermatteo worked on how different levels of information are integrated in the construction of word meaning in the mind/brain. He addressed this issue by comparing behavioral and neurophysiological data from individuals with very different life experiences, such as sighted and congenitally blind individuals.

Piermatteo moved on the become a PhD student at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian/Donostia, Spain, with Nicola Molinaro.


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