Alessandra Cecilia Rampinini

Alessandra Cecilia Rampinini photo

Education & Interests

My main area of expertise covers the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for the study of  cognitive neuroscience. I am a linguist with a Master's Degree in Linguistics (2012) and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology and Psychophysiology (2016), obtained at the University of Pisa, where I also worked as a research fellow in Cognitive neuroscience briefly after the conclusion of my graduate studies (2015-2016). My interests revolve around topics regarding the integration and representation of language skills in the brain, from basic (motor, acoustic information processing related to speech production and perception) to advanced competence (lexical-semantic processing for world-knowledge retrieval and categorization, and their relationship with the senses).

 

Student Teaching and Supervision

I have taught the Basic Neurolinguistics course for the Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences PhD program at the IMT School since 2017. I teach seminars on neurolinguistic topics at the University of Pisa Psychology undergraduate program, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Bionics Engineering graduate program (Applied neurosciences class, taught in English),  and University of Pisa Applied Linguistics class within the undergraduate program in Foreign Languages. Moreover, I have been involved as a side interest in the study of neuroaesthetics and neuroarchitecture, thus speaking at the University of Florence Faculty of Architecture in June, 2015, on the topic of visual perception and cognitive correlates of visual proportion and harmony in the figurative arts. My other related activities have involved the supervision of undergraduate and master's students attending the laboratory where I carried out my PhD, and the current supervision of PhD students within the CCSN PhD program at the IMT.

Editorial functions

I act as a referee for neurolinguistics-related articles submitted to Archives Italiennes de Biologie - A Journal of Neuroscience, Brain & Language, Scientific Reports. I have participated as an external reviewer and topic expert in the selection of PRIME Scholarship Program receivers by appointment of the German Ministry of Culture in 2017.

Publications 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Romagno D., Rampinini A., Handjaras G., Leo A., Caramazza A., Pietrini P., Ricciardi E. (2016). The representation of word classes in the brain: an MVPA study*. Manuscript in preparation.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Rampinini A., Cecchetti L., Marani A., Ricciardi E., Pietrini, P. (2016) Memory mistake or wilful deception? An ALE meta-analysis of fMRI studies. Abstract accepted at the 22th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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. Abstract presented at the 21th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, Hawaii
  11. Rampinini A, Handjaras G, Leo A, Cecchetti L, Ricciardi E, Marotta G, Pietrini P (2015). Cortical signature of vowels in listening, covert & overt articulation. Abstract presented at the 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, imaged 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.

*working titles