Dr Francesca Carota

Francesca Carota

University position

Research Associate

Departments

Department of Psychology

Email

fc360@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://www.neurolex.psychol.cam.ac.uk/directo... (personal home page)

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

I study the neural mechanisms supporting spoken and written language comprehension, asking how lexical, morphological/morphosyntactic and multimodal (speech and gesture) processes relate to underlying linguistic and semantic representations.

I use a combination of behavioural, natural language processing and neuroimaging methods (univariate and multivariate methods fMRI analyses; MEG). I am particularly interested in the specification of computational models of relevant linguistic phenomena to elucidate aspects of neural language processing.

Research Focus

Keywords

language

speech

computational neurolinguistics

neurobiology

neuroimaging

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Mirjana Bozic

Nikolaus Kriegeskorte

William Marslen-Wilson

International

Friedemann Pulvermüller

Yury Shtyrov

Associated News Items


    Key publications

    Carota, F., Kriegeskorte, N., Nili, H., Pulvermuller, F. (2017), “Representational Similarity Mapping of Distributional Semantics in Left Inferior Frontal, Middle Temporal, and Motor Cortex.” Cerebral Cortex 27 (1): 294-309.https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhw379

    Carota, F., Bozic, M., and Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (2016), “Decompositional representation of morphological complexity: Multivariate fMRI evidence from Italian.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01009

    Carota, F., Moseley, R., Pulvermuller, F. Body-part specific representations of semantic noun categories. (2012), “Body-part specific representations of semantic noun categories. ” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(6): 1492-1509.

    Carota, F., Harquel, S., Posada., A., Delpuech, C., Bertrand, O., Sirigu., A. (2009), “Neural dynamics of the intention to speak.” Cerebral Cortex 20(8): 1891-1897.

    Carota, F. (2006), “Italian Derivational Morphology: principles for formalization. ” Literary and Linguistic Computing, 21(1): 25-53.

    Carota, F. & Prodanof, I. (2003), “A corpus-based account of morphological productivity in Italian. In A. Zampolli, N. Calzolari, & L. Cignoni (Eds.): Computational Linguistics in Pisa. ” Linguistica Computazionale XVI-XVII(I). Pisa-Roma: IEPI, 201-220.

    Publications

    2010

    Moseley, R., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Mohr, B., Pulvermuller, F. (2010), “A Role for the Motor System in Binding Abstract Emotional Meaning. ” Cerebral Cortex, 22(7) : 1634-1647.

    2008

    Carota, F. and Sirigu, A. (2008), “Neural bases of time processing in action and language. ” Language Learning 58(1): 179-199.