People

Current members
Simona Amenta, post-doc
I obtained my bachelor and master degree in Psychology of Communication from the Catholic University of Milan. I graduated with a thesis on the elaboration of metaphoric and ironic stances. I continued my education at the same university with a  PhD in Psychology. My research interests focused mainly on language and pragmatics, especially on the study of the neurocognitive and emotional processes involved in the elaboration of irony through the analysis of electrophysiological correlates (ERPs). Moreover I worked on emotional processes and communication in clinical populations (ASD, alcoholism). Currently I am a post doc at the University of Milano-Bicocca and part of the MoMo Lab. Here, my main research interest is the investigation of task effects in morphological processing, especially focusing on the semantic properties of derived words. The methodologies I use include eyetracking, behavioural measures and priming paradigms.

Roberto Bottini, post-doc
I received a degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua and a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo. Before joining the MoMo Lab, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York. My research explored how metaphors shape the way we think, the evolution of consciousness and the experience and conceptualization of time. I recently joined the MoMo Lab as a post-doctoral fellow. My research will focus on the investigation of domain-general mechanisms at the basis of morphological processing.

 

Past members
Giulia Mapelli, graduate student
I’m attending my Master’s degree in Clinical, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of  Milano-Bicocca, after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences at the same university in 2012. My BSc dissertation was about sex differences in hemispheric asymmetries in the human brain, with a special focus on face processing. I’m interested in Neuropsychology and I did an apprenticeship at Gallarate Hospital (VA) under the supervision of Dr. Nicoletta Beschin, where I had the chance to deal with patients. Now I’m starting a research experience at the MoMo Lab since I’d like to get familiar with Experimental Psychology too. My research will focus on the mental processing of morphologically complex words and it will be the starting point for my MSc final project, which I will develop under the supervision of Dr. Davide Crepaldi and Prof. Claudio Luzzatti.

Arianna Tarabelloni, undergraduate student
I’m an undergraduated student at the Univesity of Milano Bicocca attending a three years degree course in Psychological Sciences and Techniques. I had the possibility to partecipate to an apprenticeship at the Momo Lab, which was focused on the study of the processing of morphologically complex words. I’m interested in Neuropsychology, especially in language and in rehabilitation of language deseases and now I’m working to my thesis under the supervision of  Dr. Davide Crepaldi and Prof. Claudio Luzzatti. It  will be focused on the interemispheric assimmetry in the processing of morphologically complex words..

Anais De Santis, post-grad inter
I got my post-graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, the same university where I previously got my bachelor degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques. On my last year I chose a module onbehavioral and physiological assessment and rehabilitation. I have always been interested in neuropsychology and my experimental thesis investigated the perception of peripersonal space through the detection of skin conductance, before and after ‘tool use’. I am currently enrolled on a post-graduate internship at the Momo. As part of this internship I have been able to work on a research project directed by Davide Crepaldi which focuses on morpho-orthographic and morpho-semantic processes in the visual recognition of complex words. Thanks to this research I became familiar with the different stages of a research project in experimental psychology, including construction, administration, management and data analysis. I am also about to start a new, more clinically-focused internship at Department of Neuropsychology, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, where I will work with Dr. Cristina Mapelli and Dr. Valeria Isella.

Elena Angela Morone, research assistant and lab manager
Since I was a teen I have been interested in the way spoken and written language allow communication, and now my research interests are focussed on words recognition processes within both a cognitive and neuropsychological perspective. I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology and I completed my MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Pavia, under the supervision of Prof. A. Toraldo; my dissertation investigated the way mirror-reversed written stimuli are perceived from print to speech. During my MSc I’ve also gained an Erasmus studentship with the University of Plymouth, where I carried out the design of a project on the effect of sign language on visuospatial abilities in deaf people. Outside the lab I do acting, I enjoy going to plays and writing for theatre whenever I can.

Federica Degno, graduate student and post-grad intern 
I completed my Masters in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca where I also graduated with a BSc in Psychological Science and Techniques. For my MSc thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Davide Crepaldi, I studied the visual recognition of complex words in normal language system. In particular, we were interested in understanding the morpho-orthographic effects in parafovea during the reading of English and Italian sentences. The project was in collaboration with Kathy Rastle, Royal Holloway University of London, and Aureliu Lavric, University of Exeter. In the project I helped in the design of the experiment and in the cuncurrent recording of eye movements and event-related potentials.
At the MoMo, Federica was a graduate student and then a post-grad intern. She is now a PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK.

Alessandra Valentini, graduate student and post-grad intern
I’m a young psychologist, and I’ve just obtained my master’s degree at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Since I started to study Psychology at the University I felt a keen interest in the study of cognitive functions, particularly language, and during my master’s degree I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in this field, by carrying on a research concerning sentence comprehension abilities in aphasic patients, supervised by Professor Claudio Luzzatti. My interests include psycholinguistics, acquired language disorders and developmental language disorders; I like both Experimental Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, and I particularly enjoy doing research because it gives the opportunity to learn new things in a practical way; moreover I love the way research results sometimes have to shake your expectations and to force you to find new ways to look at reality. In my spare time I love watching movies, reading and writing stories.
At the MoMo, Alessandra was a graduate student and then a post-grad intern. She is now a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, University of Reading, UK.