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Sofia Russo is a PhD student of Brain, Mind and Computer Science at Padua University (Italy). Now she is working on the cross-modal perception of rhythm as a prerequisite of language acquisition in early infancy. She is also interested in the sensorimotor coupling of music perception in the field of embodied cognition and learning.
October 2019 - present
Università degli Studi di Padova
- PhD Student
- I work by investigating attention and perception in early infancy, as prerequisites of later language acquisition. In particular, I am studying the role of rhythm sensitivity in the temporal encoding of complex sequences (such as speech and music), in typical and atypical populations.
Our project aims to contribute to the debate about the role of labels in shaping the mental representation of referents at different stages of lexical development. Specifically, the project focuses on both infants (N=30) and adults (N=60; N=50): across a series of experiments we shed light on the online and offline impact of labels of visual attention. By means of the eye-tracking methodology we continuously measure: (i) pupil size variation as an index of attentional effort (ii) saccade latency as an index of disengagement of visual attention. We also offer a window of methodological possibility to get complementary measures as indexes of the interplay between language and attention from a developmental perspective.