Submitted Papers

Focus on What’s Informative and Ignore What’s not: Communication Strategies in a Referential Game

Date: 

September, 2019

Venue: 

Workshop on Emergent Communication: Towards Natural Language. Neurips 2019

In a simple referential game with two neural network-based agents, we analyze the object-symbol mapping trying to understand what kind of strategy was
used to develop the emergent language. We see that, when the environment is uniformly distributed, the agents rely on a random subset of features to describe the
objects. When we modify the objects making one feature non-uniformly distributed, the agents realize it is less informative and start to ignore it. Surprisingly, they make a better use of the remaining features. This interesting result suggests that more natural, less uniformly distributed environments might aid in spurring the emergence of better-behaved languages

Augmented Modality Exclusivity Norms for Concrete and Abstract Italian Property Words

Journal: 

Journal of Cognition

Date: 

July, 2019

We developed a new set of modality exclusivity norms for 643 Italian concrete and abstract words, which we augmented with a number of ratings-based (e.g., familiarity, age of acquisition) and corpus-based covariates (e.g., frequency, contextual diversity). [Read more by clicking on the title.]

Masked morphological priming tracks the development of a fully mature lexical system in L2

Journal: 

Journal of Memory and Language

Date: 

June, 2019

This paper investigates masked orthographic and morphological priming in L1 Italian, L2 English readers, whose L2 proficiency profile was assessed with a wide battery of tests. Read more by clicking on the title or, to see what we found, check out our pre-print here

 

Orthographic consistency influences morphological processing in reading aloud: Evidence from a cross-linguistic study

Journal: 

Developmental Science

Date: 

November, 2018

This is a cross-linguistic experiment that we were involved in by Betty Mousikou and Sascha Schroeder. We test children's reading of morphologically structured words and nonwords in English, German, Italian and French, and find that orthographic consistency modulates the role of morphemes in reading aloud.

Long term follow-up of neuropsychological functions in patients with high grade gliomas: can cognitive status predict patients' outcome after surgery?

Journal: 

Journal of Neurosurgery

Date: 

August, 2018

Here we tested whether the neuropsychological profile of High-Grade Glioma patients can predict tumour relapse, on an unselected sample of 102 patients. It turns out that this is indeed the case. We also developed and validated a wide-spectrum neuropsychological battery for HGG. [Click on the title to read more.] 

Consistency measures individuate dissociating semantic activation networks in priming paradigms: A new look on semantics in the processing of (complex) words

Journal: 

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Date: 

June, 2018

Here we show (again, see Marelli et al., QJEP 2015, Marelli and Amenta, in press at BRM, and Amenta et al., PBR 2017) how the reading/language system is sensitive to islands of (probabilistic) regularity in the mapping between form and language. In particular, we show how this qualifies priming patterns, both morphological and semantic, masked and overt. [Read more by clicking on the title.]  

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