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Rosario’s primary research interests encompass two main domains: (i) the neural underpinnings of semantic processing, with a focus on how different word categories (e.g. animal, tool, action) are processed, stored, and acquired in healthy and deprived brains, and (ii) the neural correlates underlying pragmatic information of communicative functions in the context of speech, intonation, and gestures, taking into account social interactions and common ground.
To this end, Rosario coordinates neuroscience experiments (behavioral and electroencephalography EEG) to advance our understanding of the architecture of the language system and its functions in social interactions. He is also responsible for developing precise mathematical brain models of active neural matter capable of processing different aspects of cognition (language, symbols, thought).Short bio:
From 2014 to 2016, Rosario held a research assistant position in Neurocomputational Modelling of Language Learning for the interdisciplinary BABEL project between Plymouth, Manchester and Berlin universities; 2016-2019, Rosario pursued his PhD at the Brain Language Laboratory (Freie Universität Berlin), which was founded by the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (M&B, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), where he also completed the doctoral M&B program.
Currently, Rosario is holding a 50% Guest Lecturer position replacing a W3-Professor on Neuroscience of Language and Pragmatics at the Freie Universität Berlin and a 50% postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity (DFG EXC2025/1) and acts as a project leader in the subproject "Cutting" of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He is also handling editor of Cognitive Processing journal of the publisher Springer Nature.Publications
- *Barthel, M., *Tomasello, R., Liu, M., (in press). Conditionals in Context: Brain signatures of prediction in discourse processing, Cognition. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
- Constant, M., Pulvermüller, F. Tomasello, R. (2023). Brain-constrained neural modeling explains fast mapping of words to meaning. Cerebral Cortex, bhad00. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhad007
- Tomasello, R. 2023. Linguistic signs in action: The neuropragmatics of speech acts. Brain & Language 236:105203.
- Shebani, Z., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Rowe, J.B., Lawrence, W.B., Tomasello, R., & Pulvermüller, F. 2022. Brain correlates of action word memory revealed by fMRI. Sci Rep 12:16053. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-19416-w.
- Boux, I., Margiotoudi, K., Dreyer, F., Tomasello, R., & Pulvermüller, F. 2022. Cognitive features of indirect speech acts, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 1-25.
- Tomasello, R., Grisoni, L., Boux, I., et al. 2022. Instantaneous Neural Processing of Communicative Functions Conveyed by Speech Prosody. Cerebral Cortex.
Barthel M., Tomasello R., Mingya L. 2022. Online interpretation of conditionals in context: A self-paced reading study on wenn (if) and nur wenn (only if) in German. Linguistics Vanguard.
Picht, T., Le Calve, M., Tomasello, R., Fekonja, L., Gholami, F., Bruhn, M., Zwick, C., Rabe, J., Müller-Birn, C., Vajkoczy, P., Sauer, I., Zachow, D., Nyakatura, J., Ribault, P., & Pulvermüller, F. 2021. Letter: A note on neurosurgical resection and why we need to rethink cutting. Neurosurgery.
- Pulvermüller, F., Tomasello, R., Henningsen-Schomers, MR., Wennekers, T. 2021. Biological constraints on neural network models of cognitive function. Nature Review Neuroscience.
- Boux, I.*, Tomasello, R.*, Grisoni, L., Pulvermüller, F. 2021. Brain signatures predict communicative function of speech production in interaction. Cortex 135, 127-145. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
- Grisoni, L., Tomasello, R. Pulvermüller, F., 2020. Correlated Brain Indexes of Semantic Prediction and Prediction Error: Brain Localization and Category Specificity. Cerebral Cortex.
- Schilling, A., Tomasello, R., Henningsen-Schomers, M.R., Zankl, A., Surendra, K., Haller, M., Karl, V., Uhrig, P., Maier, A., Krauss, P., 2020. Analysis of continuous neuronal activity evoked by natural speech with computational corpus linguistics methods. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 1–20.
- Tomasello, R., Kim, C., Dreyer, F. R., Grisoni, L., & Pulvermüller, F. 2019. Neurophysiological evidence for rapid processing of verbal and gestural information in understanding communicative actions. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 16285.
Tomasello, R., Garagnani, M., Wennekers, T., Pulvermüller, F. 2019. Recruitment of visual cortex for language processing in blind individuals is explained by Hebbian learning. Scientific Reports 9(1):3579.
Tomasello, R., Garagnani, M., Wennekers, T. & Pulvermüller, F. 2018. A neurobiologically constrained cortex model of semantic grounding with spiking neurons and brain-like connectivity. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 12, 88.
Shebani, Z., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Rowe, J.B., Barsalou, L.B., Tomasello, R., Pulvermuller, F. 2018. Brain correlates of action word memory. bioRxiv 412676.
Tomasello, R., Garagnani, M., Wennekers, T., & Pulvermüller, F. 2017. Brain connections of words, perceptions and actions: A neurobiological model of spatio-temporal semantic activation in the human cortex. Neuropsychologia, 98:111–29
Garagnani M, Lucchese G, Tomasello R, Wennekers T, Pulvermüller F. 2017. A Spiking Neurocomputational Model of High-Frequency Oscillatory Brain Responses to Words and Pseudowords. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 10:1–19.