Andrea Nadalini

Andrea got his Master Degree in Linguistics at the University of Bologna, with a thesis about the role of lexical and encyclopedic information in bridging anaphora. He joined SISSA in July 2015, first as a Research Assistant and then as a PhD student. In the lab, Andrea carried out research on semantics and consciousness. In this context, he investigated metaphorical and semantic masked priming, particularly in the temporal, numerical and affective domains.

After he got his PhD with us, Andrea became a Research Fellow at the "Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale A. Zampolli", Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Pisa.

Francesca Padovani

Francesca worked in the lab while she was a Bachelor student in Psychology at the University of Trieste, between 2019 and 2020. She took part into several experiments, but had a particularly prominent role in an experiment on sensitivity to the constituents' grammatical class distribution in compounds, working closely with Maria Ktori.

Francesca moved on from her position in the lab to enrol into a Master program in Data Science at the University of Trento.  

Antonella Torrisi

Antonella was with us between 2018 and 2020, first working on her Master thesis (she took her degree in Neuroscience at the University of Trieste, October 2019) and then as a post-grad Research Assistant. She had a prominent role in our investigation of precursors of orthographic processing in rats, in collaboration with Davide Zoccolan.

Eva Viviani

Eva graduated in Psychology at University of Parma (Italy) and then joined the lab in 2015 to start a PhD on morphological masked priming. Eva studied language learning in adulthood, with a particular interest in how the recognition of single printed words is influenced by the way these words were originally learned, either in the sujbect's first and second language.

She left the lab to take up a Research Fellowship at UCL, to work with Liz Wonnacott and Micheal Ramscar

Yangwen Xu

Yangwen Xu got his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Yanchao Bi at Beijing Normal University, China. His main interest lies in how the brain, as an electrical and biological machine, constructs and manipulates concepts and thoughts. In the lab, he aims to unravel the spatiotemporal neural basis underlying linguistic versus experiential aspects of semantic processing, and to shed light on the nature of neuroplasticity in blind people.

He left the lab more formally than substantially, to take up a post-doc position with Olivier Collignon first, and then Roberto Bottini, to keep working on our joint projects on the brain dynamics behind textual integration and the format of semantic representations in the ventral stream.  

Alessia Zampieri

Alessia studied Media Design & Multimedia Arts and obtained her MA in Film and New Media at the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) in Milan. While she was working in the film industry, she developed a strong interest in the relationship between art and science, especially in the Cognitive Neuroscience area. In particular, she's interested in the cognitive processes that may bridge between perception and the art of narration. In the lab, Alessia was 50% Research Assistant and 50% Media Manager -- she ran studies and took care of the lab YouTube channel and social medias.


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