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Francesca Carota

Dr. Francesca Carota


   Phone: +49 (0)30 838-51974

   E-Mail: fcarota16@zedat.fu-berlin.de or fc360@cam.ac.uk

   Address: Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

   Room: JK 28/120

Cambridge Profile Dr. Francesca Carota

Personal Profile:

I hold a PhD in Computational and Cognitive Linguistics from the University of Pisa and CNR, Italy, specializing on computational and cognitive pragmatics and a MA in Computational Linguistics from the Faculty of Classics from the University of Pisa, Italy, specializing in computational analysis of linguistic complexity (structure and meaning) in Ancient Languages.

Before moving to the School of Mind and Brain of the Humboldt and the Brain and Language Lab in Berlin, I worked at the ILC-CNR of Pisa, Italy, Gipsa Lab/Institut Polythecnique de Grenobles, France, ISC-CNRS in Lyon, France. I have been a staff member MRC-CBU and Cambridge University.

I am a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Psychology of Cambridge University.

Research interests:

• Neurocognition of language.
• Cross-linguistic study of linguistic complexity (meaning and structure).
• Multimodal communication: parallels between action and language.
• Decoding of linguistic information from metabolic and neurophysiological responses to language tasks.
• Methods: Behavioural and Natural Language Processing (NLP) Methods to elucidate language processes in the brain.
• NeuroImaging Methods: functional magnetic Resonance (fMRI); Electro-/Magneto-encephalography (EEG/MEG); Analyses: Classical Univariate Analyses and Multi-Voxel Pattern Analyses (MVPA), Representational Similarity Analysis, Deep Learning


• Carota, F., Kriegeskorte, N., Nili., H., Pulvermuller, F. (2017). Representational mapping of distributional semantics in left inferior frontal, middle temporal and motor cortex. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw379 [OA]
• Carota, F., Bozic, M., and Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (2016). Decompositional representation of morphological complexity: Multivariate fMRI evidence from Italian. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(12): 1878-1896. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01009 [OA]
• Boudelaa, S., Carota, F., Bozic, M., and Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (under review). Neurocognitive systems for non-concatenative morphology 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. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_00219 [OA]
• Moseley, R., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Mohr, B., Pulvermüller, F. (2012). A role for the motor system in binding abstract emotional meaning. Cerebral Cortex 22(7), 1634-1647. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhr238 [OA]
• Carota, F., Posada, A., Harquel, S., Delpuech, C., Bertrand, O., Sirigu, A. (2010). Neural dynamics of the intention to speak. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhp255 [OA]
• Carota, F., Desmurget, M., Sirigu, A. (2010). Forward modelling mediates motor awareness. In Lynn Nadel and Walter.P.Sinnott-Armstrong (eds.), Conscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin Libet. Oxford University Press.
• 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 Italian Linguistics 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. and Sirigu, A. (2008). “Neural bases of time processing in action and language”, Language Learning 58(1): 179-199.
• Loevenbruck, H., Vilain, C., Carota, F., Baciu, M., Abry, C. et al.  (2008). Left parietal activation during the production of pointing in several modalities: prosodic focus, syntactic extraction, digital- and ocular- pointing. JASA. 123 (5), pp.3320.
• Carota, F., Loevenbruck, H., Vilain, C., Baciu, M., Abry, C. et al.  (2006) An fMRI study of multimodal deixis : preliminary results on prosodic, syntactic, manual and ocular pointing. Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2, pp.915-918.
• 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., Loevenbrück 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. (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 corpus 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.