Alessandra Rampinini, PhD

 

Post-doc

Email: Alessandra [dot] Rampinini [at] unige [dot] ch

 

Education

2007-2010 BA in Linguistics, University of Pisa, Italy

2010-2012 MA in Linguistics, University of Pisa, Italy

2011 Intern, Harvard University Department of Psychology & Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy

2012-2016 PhD in Psychobiology & Psychophysiology, University of Pisa, Italy

 

Previous Positions

2015-2016 Research fellow, Laboratory of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pisa University Hospital, Italy

2017-2020 Postdoctoral fellow and Lecturer of Basic Neurolinguistics, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

 

Research Interests

I am interested in the functional representation of phonological information and its integration in motor and acoustic areas of the cerebral cortex. In the BLL I am working on language aptitude and multilingualism, studying brain structure and function with magnetic resonance methods.

 

Publications:

Journal publications:

Rampinini, A. C., Handjaras, G., Leo, A., Cecchetti, L., Betta, M., Ricciardi, E., Marotta, G., & Pietrini, P. (2019). Formant space reconstruction from brain activity in frontal and temporal regions coding for heard vowels. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 13, 32.

Rampinini, A. C., Handjaras, G., Leo, A., Cecchetti, L., Ricciardi, E., Marotta, G., & Pietrini, P. (2017). Functional and spatial segregation within the inferior frontal and superior temporal cortices during listening, articulation imagery, and production of vowels. Scientific reports, 7(1), 17029.

Rampinini, A. C., & Ricciardi, E. (2017). In favor of the phonemic principle: a review of neurophysiological and neuroimaging explorations into the neural correlates of phonological competence. Studi e Saggi Linguistici, 55(1), 95-123.

Papale P., Chiesi L., Rampinini A.C., Pietrini P., Ricciardi E. (2016) When neuroscience ‘touches’ architecture: from hapticity to a supramodal functioning of the human brain. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 866

Papale, P., Betta, M., Handjaras, G., Malfatti, G., Cecchetti, L., Rampinini, A., ... & Leo, A. (2019). Common spatiotemporal processing of visual features shapes object representation. Scientific reports, 9(1), 7601.

Leo A., Handjaras G., Rampinini A., Ricciardi E., Pietrini P. (2013) Il ruolo dell'esperienza sensoriale nelle rappresentazioni semantiche. In "Parlare Senza Vedere". Eds. G. Marotta, L. Meini, M. Donati. Pisa: ETS. pp. 35-50

Romagno D., Rampinini A., Handjaras G., Leo A., Caramazza A., Pietrini P., Ricciardi E. (manuscript in preparation). Psycholinguistic variables modulate word class representation.

 

Congress papers:

Rampinini, A. C., Handjaras, G., Leo, A., Cecchetti, L., Betta, M., Ricciardi, E., Marotta, G., Pietrini, P. (2019). Formant model reconstruction from vowel listening brain activity in the pars triangularis. 25th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, Italy.

Betta, M., Handjaras, G., Papale, P., Rampinini, A., Malfatti, G., Pietrini, P., ... & Leo, A. (2018). MEG spectro-temporal patterns underlying semantic processing. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 131, S71.

Betta, M., Handjaras, G., Rampinini, Malfatti, G., A., Papale, P., Pietrini, P., Turella, L., Leo, A., Ricciardi, E. (2018). Modality-independent spectro-temporal patterns revealed by a multivariate MEG study. 24th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore.

Rampinini A., Cecchetti L., Marani A., Ricciardi E., Pietrini, P. (2016) Memory mistake or wilful deception? An ALE meta-analysis of fMRI studies. 22th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland

Rampinini A., Handjaras G., Leo A., Cecchetti L., Ricciardi E., Marotta G., Pietrini P. (2015). Decoding speech: Multivariate classification of the Italian vocalic system through fMRI. Proceedings of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology. Neuropsych. Trends 18/2015

Romagno D., Rampinini A., Handjaras G., Leo A., Caramazza A., Ricciardi E., Pietrini P. (2015) The representation of word classes in the brain: an MVPA study. Proceedings of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology. Neuropsych. Trends 18/2015

Cecchetti L., Rampinini A., Marani A., Ricciardi E., Pietrini P. (2015). Disentangling Deceiving from False Belief: an ALE meta-analysis of fMRI studies. Proceedings of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology. Neuropsych. Trends 18/2015

Romagno D, Rampinini A, Handjaras G, Leo A, Caramazza A, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E (2015) MVPA reveals the cortical signature of verbs, adjectives and nouns. 21th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, Hawaii

Rampinini A, Handjaras G, Leo A, Cecchetti L, Ricciardi E, Marotta G, Pietrini P (2015). Cortical signature of vowels in listening, covert & overt articulation. 21th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, Hawaii

PhD Thesis: Rampinini A.C. (2016), The functional neuroanatomy of the speech network: a shared phonological neural code for heard, imagined and spoken phonemes. Dissertation submitted to the University of Pisa in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pathophysiology, sector M-PSI/02 - Psychobiology & Psychophysiology.

 

Invited talks:

Words and the Mind. How language makes us human. Brain Awareness Week, IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, March 2020.

Univariate and Multivariate methods for the study of phonological and semantic information in the brain. Italian National Council of Research (CNR), Institute of Computational Linguistics, Pisa, Italy, January 2020.

Neurofunctional correlates of abstract concepts: perspectives. Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, University of Pisa, Italy, 2018

Cognitive approaches to Neuroaesthetics: where and why the brain appreciates beauty. Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence, June 2015