Dr. Alessandro Tavano
Main research areas
- Oscillatory mechanisms of waiting time
- Oscillatory hierarchy in language perception
- Sensory prediction and response preparation processes
- Top-down modulation of perceived stimulus statistics
- The distinction between sensation (stimulus processing) and perception (contextual modelling)
|2014||Italian Habilitation as Associate Professor of Psychobiology|
|2010||Master of Science in Psychology, University of Trieste|
|2009||Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology, University of Trieste|
|2008-2009||EEG training stay, University of Barcelona|
|2003||Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Trieste|
|1999-2000||Research stays as visiting Ph.D. candidate (UCL, London and McGill University, Montreal)|
|1998-1999||Study abroad, individual research grant, Antwerp|
|1997-1998||Long-term training course for Youth leaders, European Youth Center Strasbourg|
|1997||Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literature, University of Trieste|
|1994-1995||One year abroad, Erasmus program, Reading University|
|Since 2014||Senior post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics|
|2009-2014||Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, University of Leipzig|
|2002-2004||Independent Associate Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Udine|
|2009||Research Consultant, Research Institute “E. Medea”, Bosisio Parini, Italy|
|2003-2008||Principal Investigator and Research Associate, Research Institute “E. Medea”, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy|
|2002||Research Assistant, Research Institute “E. Medea”, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy|
Scharinger M., Steinberg J., Tavano A. (2017) Integrating speech in time depends on temporal expectations and attention. Cortex. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.05.001
Kokinous, J., Tavano A., Kotz SA., Schröger E. (2017) Perceptual integration of faces and voices depends on the interaction of emotional content and spatial frequency. Biol Psychol. Feb;123:155-165. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.12.007.
Tavano, A., & Scharinger, M. (2015). Prediction in speech and language processing. Cortex, 68(0), 1-7. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.001
Kokinous, J., Kotz, S. A., Tavano, A., & Schröger, E. (2014). The role of emotion in dynamic audiovisual integration of faces and voices. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsu105
Tavano, A., Pesarin, A., Drioli, C., Perina, A., Murino, V., & Cristani, M. (2014). Automatic conversational scene analysis. Low-level acoustic feature classification of speech activity in children with Asperger syndrome and typically developing peers. PLoS One, 9(1): e85819.
Tavano, A., Widmann, A., Bendixen, A., Trujillo-Barreto, N. J., & Schröger, E. (2014). Temporal regularity facilitates higher- order sensory predictions in fast auditory sequences. European Journal of Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12404
Tavano, A., Grimm, S., Costa-Faidella, J., Slabu, L., Schröger, E., & Escera, C. (2012). Spectrotemporal processing drives fast access to memory traces for spoken words. Neuroimage, 60(4), 2300-2308.
Schwartze, M., Tavano, A. (shared first authorship), Schröger, E., & Kotz, S. (2011). Temporal aspects of prediction in audition: Cortical and subcortical neural mechanisms. International Journal of Psychophysiology (Special Issue on Prediction), 83(2), 200-207.
Cristani, M., Pesarin, A., Drioli, C., Tavano, A., Perina, A., & Murino, V. (2011). Generative modeling and classification of dialogs by a low-level turn-taking feature. Pattern Recognition, 44(8), 1785-1800.
Tavano, A., & Borgatti, R. (2010). Evidence for a link among cognition, language and emotion in cerebellar malformations. Cortex, 46(7), 907-918.
Tavano, A., Sponda, S., Fabbro, F., Perlini, C., Rambaldelli, G., Ferro, A., Cerruti, S., Tansella, M., & Brambilla, P. (2008). Specific linguistic and pragmatic deficits in Italian patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3), 53-62.
Tavano, A., Grasso, R., Gagliardi, C., Triulzi, F., Bresolin, N., Fabbro, & F., Borgatti, R. (2007). Disorders of cognitive and affective development in cerebellar malformations. Brain, 130(10), 2646-2660.
Tavano, A., Perré, F., Ska, B., Côté, H., Joanette, Y. (2013). Protocollo Montréal di Valutazione della Abilità Comunicative. Italian Adaptation of the Protocole MEC. Protocole Montréal d’évaluation de la communication.
Awards & Grants
Awards & Grants
|2014||Best Talk Award, World Congress of International Association of Psychophysiology, Hiroshima|
|2003-2005||Young Researcher´s Award, University of Udine|
|2001-2003||Young Researcher´s Award, University of Trieste|
|2001||Fullbright Fellowship, Italy-USA Fullbright Commission (declined)|
Sensory Sharpening Effects of Attention and Expectation
[Translate to English:] Attention to sensory stimuli is never uniformly distributed. We tested whether time-based and feature-based aspects of sensory attention interact in facilitating the detection of new stimuli in a stream. We recorded ...
Cortical tracking of complex spoken sentences
Humans naturally tune in to the rhythm of speech (Giraud & Poeppel, 2012). Recent work has shown that low-frequency brain rhythms have been shown concurrently to track the main constituents in a linguistic hierarchy: phrases and sentences (Ding ...