PhD Students

Suzanne Calhoun

Suzanne is from a small town in the Green Mountains in Vermont in the United States. She did her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College, a small liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vermont, United States, where she majored in mathematics and minored in music.

In the lab, Suzanne uses data science methods to study structure in language and in biological proteins, pioneering a joint Physics and Neuroscience PhD program focusing on quantitative methods to extract complex structures in large corpuses of data.

 

Mara De Rosa

Mara earned her BA in Philosophy at the University of Trento, and her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at CIMeC (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences). She joined Davide’s lab in 2016 within the UniTrento-SISSA Programme.
In the lab, Mara is working on morphological processing, and in particular she's asking whether morphological effects may be driven on statistical regularities in letter co-occurrence.

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 joined SISSA in 2014 to focus on language processing and its underlying brain mechanisms.

In the lab, Katarina deals with different levels of language processing, from morphological analysis to sentence reading, with an emphasis on developing natural reading paradigms. In her work, she uses eye tracking and EEG, sometimes together.

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 carries out research on semantics and consciousness, trying to disentagle between semantic relationships that can be grabbed even when the words are perceived only subliminally, and those that require conscious access instead. In this context, he investigates metaphorical and semantic masked priming, particularly in the temporal, numerical and affective domains.

Valentina Pescuma

Valentina got her BA in Humanities at the University of Milano, and her MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Torino. She also completed a professional Master program in Neuropsychology at the Catholic University in Milan. 

In the lab, Valentina explores the cognitive mechanisms underlying the acquisition of reading, with a particular focus on statistical learning. She studies in particular natural reading primary school kids using eye tracking.

Eva Viviani

Eva graduated in Psychology at University of Parma (Italy) and then joined the lab in 2015 to focus on morphological masked priming.

In the lab, Eva studies 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.

 

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