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Rosario Tomasello

Post-doctoral research


   Adress: Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

   Room: JK 31/224

   E-Mail:  Tomasello.r@fu-berlin.de

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

Research interests

Rosario's main interest is on the brain basis of semantic and pragmatic processing, specifically how different word categories (e.g. animal, tool, action) are processed, stored and acquired in undeprived and deprived brains and how such linguistic signs, used as a tool of communication, are processed in the human brain in the context of speech, intonation and hand gestures, taking into account social interactions and common ground.

To this end, Rosario coordinates neuroscience experiments (behavioural and electroencephalogram, EEG) to explore the neural correlates of language processing in multiple modalities, from written to spoken language and visual to auditory processing. 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 is 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% position as Vertretung der W3-Professur für Neurowissenschaft der Sprache und Pragmatik at the Freie Universität Berlin and a 50% postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of activity (DFG EXC2025/1) in the subproject "Cutting" of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He is also handling editor of Cognitive processing journal of the publisher Springer Nature.

  • Barthel M., Tomasello R., Mingya L, (2021). Online interpretation of conditionals in context: A self-paced reading study on wenn (if) and nur wenn (only if) in German. Linguistics Vanguard (in press).