Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

October 2019 - present: Post-doctoral fellow, supported by Forschungskredit (University of Zurich), Dept. of Comparative Linguistics and Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language (ISLE)

February 2017 - September 2019: Post-doctoral researcher, Brain and Language Research Institute, LPL (Laboratoire Parole et Langage) and LPC (Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive) - University of Aix-Marseille, France. Field of Research: A Comparative Approach to the Study of Vocal Communication in Humans and Baboons (Papio anubis).

 

October 2014 - January 2017: Post-doctoral researcher, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Field of Research: The Evolution of Cognition and Communication. Fellowship from the ERC start grant “ABACUS” (awarded to B. de Boer).
 

December 2012 - August 2014: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria. Field of Research: Sound modulation, pattern perception and cognitive biases in word learning across visual contexts. Fellowship from the Austrian government (University of Vienna).

Visiting Scholar Fellowships

January-February, June, September 2017: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Language and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Field of Research: Language Evolution and Interaction.

August 2014 - September 2014:  Post-doctoral researcher, Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. Field of Research: Cognition and Communication in Animals. Fellowship from the German government (Ruhr University Bochum).

January 2012 - November 2012: Researcher, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria. Field of Research: The Role of Prosody in Word Learning Fellowship from the ERC advanced grant “SOMACCA” (awarded to W. T. Fitch).

September 2010 - December 2011: Visiting doctoral researcher, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria. Field of Research: Syntax, Prosody and Music: An empirical approach to the Origins of Verbal Language.

Doctoral Research Fellowship

January 2009 - December 2011: Doctoral researcher, Institute of Philosophy of Language and Mind - University of Palermo, Italy. Field of Research: Syntax, Prosody and Social Cognition: the Origins of Verbal Language. Fellowship from the Italian Government (University of Palermo).

Positions
Teaching

2016: Lecturer, Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. Course within the Master program Cognitive Science. Title: “Communication and Cognition”.

 

2015: Lecturer, Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. Course within the Master program Cognitive Science. Title: “Understanding symbols: A comparative Approach to Animal Communication, Verbal Language and Music”.

 

2012: Guest Lecturer, Department of Philosophy of Language, University of Palermo, Italy. Lecture series within the master program Philosophy of Communication. Title: “Prosodic and Musical patterns at the origins of propositional language”.

Education
2009-2011: Doctor of Philosophy

Address: Philosophy of Language and Mind, Specialization in Comparative Cognition and Language processing, University of Palermo, Italy. Supervisors: Prof. Marco Carapezza (University of Palermo), Prof. W. Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna).

 

2005-2008: Master of Arts

Address: Philosophy and History of Ideas, Specialization in Language and Epistemology. Graduating summa cum laude with President Award honors - University of Palermo, Italy.

 

2002-2005: Bachelor of Arts

Address: Philosophy of Knowledge and Communication. Graduating summa cum laude with President Award honors - University of Palermo, Italy.

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