A bit about Eugenio Parise
I received my PhD in Rome at "La Sapienza" University in 2005. Then I have spent three and a half years in Leipzig, Germany, at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, where I specialized in EEG/ERP (event related brain potentials) and NIRS (near infrared spectroscopy) techniques with young infants. I have done a second post doc in Budapest, Hungary, at the Cognitive Development Center of the Central European University, refining my theoretical and technical skills. My research interests are focused on infant development, in particular the development social cognition, with a stress on the role of ostensive communication and how it affects different cognitive process, such as attention, language development and categorization.
My Role in LuCiD
In LuCiD I am co-supervising WP3, focusing on how social and referential cues interact in word learning. Building on work showing that the N400 component provides a neurophysiological signature of semantic integration, it will use EEG measures to determine (1) how 9-month-old infants use combinations of ostensive cues (e.g. eye gaze, head-turn) and referential cues (e.g. target object properties) to learn names for objects; (2) which neurophysiological features indicate the cognitive state required to learn from social cues in 9- and 18-month olds, and (3) how 12-month-old infants use combinations of ostensive and referential cues to learn verbs. The WP involves the supervision of a PhD student and a post doc.
LuCiD publications (3) by Eugenio Parise
Michel, C., Stets, M., Parise, E., Reid, V. M., Striano, T., and Hoehl, S. (2015). Theta- and alpha-band EEG activity in response to eye gaze cues in early infancy. NeuroImage 118, 576-583
Domínguez-Martínez E, Parise E, Strandvall T, Reid VM (2015). The Fixation Distance to the Stimulus Influences ERP Quality: An EEG and Eye Tracking N400 Study. PLoS ONE 10(7).
Kampis, D., Parise, E., Csibra, G. and Kovács, Á. M. (2015). Neural signatures for sustaining object representations attributed to others in preverbal human infants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 282 (1819):20151683. doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1683.