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|
Tavano, A., Schroger. E., Kotz, S.A. (2019). Beta power encodes contextual estimates of temporal event probability in the human brain. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222420. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222420
Tavano, A., Poeppel, D. (2019). A division of labor between power and phase coherence in encoding attention to stimulus streams. NeuroImage 193; 146–156 doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.018.
Caletti, E., Delvecchio, G., Andrella, A., Finos, L., Perlini, C., Tavano, A. et al. (2018). Prosody abilities in a large sample of affective and non-affective first episode psychosis patients. Comprehensive psychiatry, 86, 31-38.
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.
Lorusso, M.L., Burigo, M., Tavano, A. et al. (2017). Learning and Using Abstract Words: Evidence from Clinical Populations. BioMed research international. doi.org/10.1155/2017/8627569
Kokinous, J., Tavano, A., Kotz, S. A., & Schröger, E. (2017). Perceptual Integration of Faces and Voices Depends on the Interaction of Emotional Content and Spatial Frequency. Biological Psychology, 123, 155-165.
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)|
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