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Roberto Bottini

Roberto holds a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity from the University of Bergamo (with significant spells at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen). He held postdoctoral positions at the New School for Social Research in New York, at the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy, and at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento, Italy.

In the lab, Roberto co–lead with Davide the "Perceptual Experience and Word Meaning" line of research (Olivier Collignon is also a co-PI on the project). He's mostly based at Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), where the neuroimaging part of the project is carried out.


Anna D‘Urso

Anna obtained her Bachelor Degree in Biology at the University of Naples Federico II, and her Master Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Trieste. She joined the L2R lab at SISSA as a Master student doing ERPs on the visual identification of complex words. Then she spent 6 months at Exeter, UK, working on attentional processes using EEG under the supervision of Aureliu Lavric. She then came back to SISSA for a Research Assistantship, during which she worked on statistical learning and visual word identification in children using eye-tracking.

Anna is currently helping Davide and Roberto on a series of behavioural and MEG experiments with sighted and blind participants, addressing the role of perceptual experience in the representation of word meaning.

Lorenzo Vignali

Lorenzo obtained his Master Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Padova. For his PhD he moved to the University of Salzburg where he worked with different neurocognitive methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, tDCS) to investigate the neural underpinnings of visual word recognition (with Florian Hutzler). His main interests are language, visual spatial attention and the cognitive neuroscience of blindness. 

Lorenzo joined the lab as a post-doctoral fellow in September 2017. He's part of a joint project between SISSA (with Davide) and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, with Olivier Collignon and Roberto Bottini). In this research project he studies language processing in sighted and blind people.

Yangwen Xu

Yangwen Xu got his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Yanchao Bi at Beijing Normal University, China. He studied how the brain 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 the blind

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