Caterina Marino

Caterina Marino


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I soon choose the brain as my subject of study. I since then designed my path in order to get the most useful knowledge and tools to be able to properly address the study of Neuroscience. Although my degree is in biology I am really interested in the field of cognitive neuroscience, neuro-linguistics and psycholinguistics. I’ve already work and I usually favor for working with infants but I am also attracted by the study of bilingualism in adults. Finally I am extremely interested in study learning impairment about processes that involve reading acquisition in early stage. For my PhD project I will work in order to investigate the “Perception of relevant acoustic cues in early talkers, on-time talkers and late talkers – electrophysiological and hemodynamic markers of underlying mechanisms: evidence from French.” The main objectives of my experimental work would be:

  • to assess the basic auditory perception of acoustic cues relevant for speech processing in young infants and children from 0 to 6 years, in order to identify markers of subsequent language delay or impairment.
  • to detect individual differences within subjects in the processing of acoustic cues, using EEG and NIRS recordings to develop an early identification strategy for the risk of developmental dyslexia (DD) and specific language impairment (SLI) and consequently an early-target intervention.
  • to identify language-general and language-specific effects, testing and comparing cross-linguistically French, German and Hungarian children.

Supervisors:

Prof. Dr. Judith Gervain (University Paris Descartes, France)

Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger (University of Potsdam, Germany)

Prof. Luca Bonatti (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain)