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Rosario Tomasello

Substitute professorship & Post-doctoral research


   Adress: Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

   Room: JK 31/223

   E-Mail:  Tomasello.r@fu-berlin.de

   Telephone Number: +49 (0)30 838-65588

Online office hours on Webex every three weeks on Thursday: 11:00-12:00. Please register in advance by e-mail.

04.04, 18.04, 02.05, 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 12.09

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% replacement professorship for "Cognitive Modeling“ at the Institute Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück alongside a 50% Lecture position as a replacement for a W3-Professorship for "Neuroscience of Language and Pragmatics“ at the Freie Universität Berlin. He continues is work started as a research fellow (2019-2024) at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity (DFG EXC2025/1) and as Project leader in the subproject “Cutting” of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Additionally, he is also handling editor at the Cognitive Processing journal of the publisher Springer Nature.

Research interests

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). 


Rosario has given seminars and lectures on Introduction to LinguisticsNeuropragmaticsNeurosemanticsLanguage EvolutionLanguage Acquisition, Computational modeling, and Language and Brain Research with a particular focus on linguistic, neuroscientific and digital humanities methods, i.e., computer-based simulations of the cortex, EEG, fMRI, TMS, Dialogue Transcriptions, Rating Study etc.

He has taught in both German and English for BA German Philology, BA Educational Science and, MA Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin, the MA/Ph.D. programs of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and BA/MA Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Currently, he is teaching seminars on language evolution and pragmatics as well as on current trends in language and brain research at Osnabrück University for the BA/MA Cognitive Science program. 

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