Marco Dante Plinio Tettamanti
2017: “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale come Professore di I fascia nel settore concorsuale 11/E1”, corresponding to the Full Professor level. The habilitation has validity until April 10, 2023.
2014: "Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale come Professore di II fascia nel settore concorsuale 11/E1”, corresponding to the Associate Professor level. The habilitation has validity until February 25, 2020.
2000-2004: PhD In Neuroscience (Dr. sc. nat.), Natural Sciences Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Supervisors: Dorothea Weniger, Ruediger Wehner, Stanislas Dehaene.
1997-2000: Training and Mobility of Researchers (EU-FP4) Grant Fellow, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy. Supervisor: Daniela Perani.
1996: Degree in Molecular Biology and Neurobiology (Biologie II), University of Basel, Switzerland. Supervisors: Heinrich Reichert, John. G. Nicholls.
Academic career and teaching activities
2018-present: Associate Professor in Psychobiology and Psychophysiology, CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy.
2006-2018: Tenured full-time IRCCS research fellow, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy.
2003-2006: Tenure-track full-time IRCCS research fellow, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy.
2019-present: Professor, M.Sc. Course in Cognitive Science, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy, Courses in “Psycholinguistics [42h/6ECTS]”, “Advanced Topics in Memory [42h/6ECTS]”. M.Sc. Course in Data Science, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy, Course in “Neuroimaging for Data Science [22h/3ECTS]”.
2011-present: Visiting Lecturer at the MSc in Clinical Neurosciences. Catholic University of Milan & Brescia, Italy.
2007 and 2009: Visiting Lecturer at the MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, Edinburgh University, U.K.
2005-2015: Contract Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy. Courses in “Cognitive Neuropsychology” (2005-2006), “Neurobiology of Memory (2006-2010)”. Course modules in “Experimental Psychology: Neuroimaging” (2011-2013), “Exp. Psy. Neuroim.: Excercises (2013-2015), “Neurobiology of Language: Exercises” (2009-2010), “Neurobiology of Language: Excercises” (2013-2015).
2001-2002, 2012-2017: Contract Professor for the Degree Programme in Physiotherapy, Medicine Faculty, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy. Course modules in “Neurophysiology of cognitive processes” and “Neurolinguistics”.
Language, Neurolinguistics, Grounded Cognition and Neuroimaging
My research is mainly focused on the neurobiology of language. I combine theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychophysics, and neuropsychological methods with multimodal neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, sMRI, DWI, MEG, EEG) to understand the neural mechanisms underlying normal and pathological language functions and language development.
Current research directions
Recursive hierarchical syntactic structures: What are the underlying neurocomputational mechanisms? Are these mechanisms shared across cognitive domains (language, music, action)?
Tettamanti, M., Alkadhi, H., Moro, A., Perani, D., Kollias, S., & Weniger, D. (2002). Neural correlates for the acquisition of natural language syntax. Neuroimage, 17, 700–709. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1053-8119(02)91201-2
Tettamanti, M., Rotondi, I., Perani, D., Scotti, G., Fazio, F., Cappa, S. F., & Moro, A. (2009). Syntax without language: neurobiological evidence for cross-domain syntactic computations. Cortex, 45(7), 825–838. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2008.11.014
Tettamanti, Marco, & Moro, A. (2012). Can syntax appear in a mirror (system)? Cortex, 48(7), 923–935. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2011.05.020
Tettamanti, Marco, & Perani, D. (2012). The neurobiology of structure-dependency in natural language grammar. In M. Faust (Ed.), Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 229–251). Wiley-Blackwell.
Tettamanti M. Il Cervello Sintattico. Editore Carocci, p. 128 (2020). ISBN: 978-88-430-9652-7.
Concepts as grounded in personal experience: How are concepts, semantic features, and semantic categories represented in the brain? What is the role of individual life-time experience in concept formation? Are grounded conceptual representations accessed independently of stimulus awareness?
Tettamanti, M., Buccino, G., Saccuman, M. C., Gallese, V., Danna, M., Scifo, P., … Perani, D. (2005). Listening to action-related sentences activates fronto-parietal motor circuits. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17(2), 273–281. https://doi.org/10.1162/0898929053124965
Ghio, M., & Tettamanti, M. (2016). Grounding Sentence Processing in the Sensory-Motor System. In G. Hickok & S. L. Small (Eds.), Neurobiology of Language (1 edition, pp. 647–657). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Academic Press. Retrieved from http://www.elsevier.com/books/neurobiology-of-language/hickok/978-0-12-407794-2
Ghio, M., Vaghi, M. M. S., Perani, D., & Tettamanti, M. (2016). Decoding the neural representation of fine-grained conceptual categories. Neuroimage, 132, 93–103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.009
Tettamanti, Marco, Conca, F., Falini, A., & Perani, D. (2017). Unaware Processing of Tools in the Neural System for Object-Directed Action Representation. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(44), 10712–10724. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1061-17.2017
Syntax-semantic interface: What are the neural mechanisms of sentential negation? How are grounded conceptual representations modulated by sentential negation? How does the spatio-temporal integration of syntactic and semantic information unfold during language processing?
Tettamanti, M., Manenti, R., Rosa, P. A. D., Falini, A., Perani, D., Cappa, S. F., & Moro, A. (2008). Negation in the brain: modulating action representations. Neuroimage, 43(2), 358–367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.08.004
Alemanno, F., Houdayer, E., Cursi, M., Velikova, S., Tettamanti, M., Comi, G., … Leocani, L. (2012). Action-related semantic content and negation polarity modulate motor areas during sentence reading: An event-related desynchronization study. Brain Research, 1484(0), 39–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2012.09.030
Bartoli, E., Tettamanti, A., Farronato, P., Caporizzo, A., Moro, A., Gatti, R., … Tettamanti, M. (2013). The disembodiment effect of negation: negating action-related sentences attenuates their interference on congruent upper limb movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109(7), 1782–1792. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00894.2012
Ghio, M., Haegert, K., Vaghi, M. M., & Tettamanti, M. (2018). Sentential negation of abstract and concrete conceptual categories: a brain decoding multivariate pattern analysis study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 373(1752), 20170124. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0124
Narrative language processing: How is phonological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic information integrated during natural speech processing? Can we delineate a neurolinguistic grammar based on fMRI and EEG measurements?
Neurodevelopmental readiness for language: What are the early brain maturation processes that underlie language acquisition? Does knowledge of these early processes inform the prediction of normal versus impaired language development?
2012-present Frontiers in Psychology (Review Editor)
Ad-hoc Journal Reviewing
• Advances in Cognitive Psychology
Grant review panels
• 2019: Scientific evaluator, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
• 2019: Scientific evaluator, French National Research Agency (ANR).
• German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany.
• German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany.
• Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Israel.
• 2019-present: Faculty member of the Doctoral Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy.
• 2019: Vice-coordinator and committee member of the Doctoral Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy.
• 2016-2019: Faculty member of the Specialization School in Neuropsychology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy.
• 2010-2018: Faculty member of the PhD Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of the Mind, IUSS, Pavia, Italy.
• 2017: Committee Member for 1 Habilitation Thesis, University of Poitiers, France.
• 2015-2016: Committee Member for 1 PhD student, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy.
• 1997-2000: Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) Grant of the European Community (EU-FP4) through the Swiss National Science Foundation (id. 83EU-050204). Role: principal investigator.
• 2019-2021: A multimodal investigation on the embodiment of emotion concepts under subliminal lexical-semantic processing conditions (id. University of Trento, Decree No. 48, 23.05.2019). Role: principal investigator.
Memberships in societies and scientific committees
• 2015-present: Elected member of the International Neuropsychology Symposium (http://ins-1951.org).
Conferences and lectures
Conference presentations (since 2012)
• Romero Lauro L.J., Mattavelli G., Papagno C., Tettamanti M. Sensorimotor Representation for Motion Verbs in Literal vs Figurative Context: A fMRI Study. Abstract presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Procedia: Social & Behavioral Sciences 61: 224-225 (2012).
Invited talks (since 2012)
• Tettamanti M. Il linguaggio: Le recenti scoperte nel campo della neurobiologia. TV interview on Radiotelevisione Svizzera, broadcasted on April 27, 2014 (http://www5.rsi.ch/home/networks/la1/cultura/Il-giardino-di-Albert/2014/04/14/giardino-27-apr.html).
• Featured in the “MIND, Mente & Cervello, Le Scienze” magazine, April, 2020: “E il cervello creò il verbo” by Campagna I. (https://www.lescienze.it/mind/articoli/2020/03/31/news/e_il_cervello_creo_il_verbo-4702575/).
• Tettamanti M. L’importanza del linguaggio per la plasticità cerebrale nel corso di vita. CIMeC’s cycle “Che ti passa per la testa? Le neuroscienze a casa tua”. Broacasted on March 30 and April 2, 2020. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46gmOgTRRaU&feature=youtu.be).