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Marco Barilari

Marco obtained his master degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Trento, with a thesis on the role of vision in the development of sound symbolism, which he carried out under the supervision of Olivier Collignon.

In the lab, Marco keeps working on how visual deprivation affects perception and abstract concepts through behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods, under the co-supervision of Roberto Bottini at CIMeC.

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.


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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