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Dr Francesca Carota

Dr Francesca Carota

Research Associate


Office Phone: ++44 (0)122 37 65 245

Biography:

I am interested in the investigation of the neurocognitive properties of language functions. I employ behavioural, computational and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, MEG; both univariate and multivariate approaches) to address the questions 1) whether the neural encoding of morphological information in different languages (e.g. Italian, Arabic, English, Polish) reflects universal or rather language-specific mechanisms; 2) how the meaning of individual words is cognitively and neurally represented; 3) whether the semantic representation of written words, spoken words and gestures is supported by shared, modality-independent neural systems.

Keywords

  • language
  • RSA
  • brain
  • speech
  • imaging
  • morphology
  • Arabic

Key Publications

Journal Papers:

  • Carota, F., Bozic, M., and Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (accepted JOCN). Decompositional representation of morphological complexity: Multivariate fMRI evidence from Italian.

  • Carota, F., Kriegeskorte, N., Nili., H., Pulvermuller, F. (in preparation). Representations of contextual relationships between words in perisylvian and motor regions exhibit a categorical semantic structure.

  • Boudelaa, S. & Carota, F. (co-first authors), Bozic, M. & Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (under review). Neurocognitive underpinnings of morphological complexity in Arabic.

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

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

 

Conference Abstracts

  • Carota, F., Bozic, M. & Marslen-Wilson, W. D.(upcoming). Neurocognitive expressions of derivational morphology in Italian: evidence from univariate and multivariate fMRI analyses.Society for the Neurobiology of language Conference, 2014.
  • Carota, F., Boudelaa, S.,Bozic, M. & William, D. Marslen-Wilson (2014). Neurocognitive properties of concatenative and non-concatenative morphology in Arabic: evidence from multivariate fMRI analyses. Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. Boston, USA, April 2014.
  • Boudelaa, S., Carota, F., Bozic, M. & William, D. Marslen-Wilson (2014). Neurocognitive substrates of morphological regularity in Arabic: Behavioural and imaging evidence. Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. Boston, USA, April 2014.
  • Carota, F., Boudelaa, S., Bozic, M., Marslen-Wilson, W. Neurocognitive Systems for non concatenative morphology in Arabic: evidence from fMRI. The 8th International Morphological Processing Conference, Cambridge, UK, 2013.
  • Carota, F., Cook, C., and MacGregor, L. J., and Shtyrov, y., Automatic neural processing of unattended lexical information in visual modality. Society for the Neurobiology of language Conference, 2013.
  • Carota, F., Nili, H., Kriegeskorte, N. Pulvermueller, F. Semantic similarity between individual words: an fMRI study. Society for the Neurobiology of language Conference, November 2012.
  • Carota, F., Pulvermueller, F., Kriegeskorte, N. Semantic similarity between individual words: an fMRI study. 19th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, Chicago, USA, April 2012.
  • Carota, F. et al. "fMRI indexes of semantic noun categories".Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, 2011.
  • Carota, F. et al. "Tool, Food, or Animal? fMRI indexes of semantic noun categories". 18th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2011.
  • Carota, F., Moseley, R., Mohr, B., Hauk, O., Pulvermüller, F. “From words to emotion via body motion: a role for the motor system in binding abstract meaning”. 18th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2-5, 2011.
  • Shebani, Z., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Rowe, J., Pulvermüller, F. “Rememberingwalk, jump, kickand stroll: brain-indices of working memory for action-relatedwords”. Eighteenth Annual  Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2-5, 2011.
  • Carota, F. et al. (2009).“Cortical dynamics of speech acts: a MEG study”. IPRA - 11th Conference (2009 Melbourne).
  • Carota, F. (2008). “Cortical dynamics during the intention to speak”. Workshop “Biology of Cognition”. 16-18 October, Chateau Hotel Mont Royal, Chantilly, France.
  • Carota, F., Lœvenbrück H., Vilain C., Baciu M., Abry C., Lamalle L., Pichat C. &Segebarth C. (2006). Left parietal activation during multimodal deixis: preliminary results on prosodic, syntactic, manual and ocular pointing. Actes de 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy, June 11-15, 2006, NeuroImage, Vol.31, Suppl. 1, S36. 
  • Carota, F., Lœvenbrück H., Vilain C., Baciu M., Abry C., Lamalle L., Pichat C. &Segebarth C. (2006). An fMRI study of multimodal deixis: preliminary results on prosodic, syntactic, manual and ocular pointing. Proceedings of Speech Prosody, Dresden, Germany, May 2-5 2006, Vol. II, 915-918.
  • Carota, F. (2005), “Collaborative use of contrastive markers: co-textual and contextual implications”. Ninth International Pragmatics Conference, IPra’05 Riva del Garda, Italy, July 2005.
  • Carota, F. (2004). On some effects of lexical contrast in information-seeking dialogue. In E. Vallduvi & J. Ginzbourg (eds.): Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Semantics & Pragmatics of Dialogue (CATALOG2004), Barcelona, Spain, July 19-21 2004.

Book Chapters:

  • Carota, F. (2009). “Dinamiche spazio-temporali dell’attività cerebrale durante la produzione e la percezione del linguaggio: nuove prospettive aperte dalla magnetoencefalografia”. Proceedings of the XL International Congress of the ItalianLinguistics Society, “Linguistica e modelli tecnologici di ricerca”, Universityof Vercelli, September 2006, Roma: Bulzoni.
  • Carota, F. and Sirigu, A., (2008). “Neural bases of time processing in action and language”, In P. Indefrey and M. Gullberg (Eds.), Time in Language for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Carota, F. (2007). “Gathering Common Ground on the negotiated topic: the role of contrastive markers in Italian”. In Berlin, Lawrence N. (Ed.): Theoretical approaches to discourse. Berlin: Niemeyer.
  • Carota, F. (2007). “Collaborative use of contrastive markers: co-textual and contextual implications”. In Fetzer, Anita. (Ed.): Context and appropriateness: micro meets macro. Amsterdam: Benjamins.