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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

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). 

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.