Piermatteo Morucci


  • At the core of my interest are questions like: how does the brain compress experience into abstract and manipulable symbolic representations? What neural computations allow the brain to generate complex mental programs from simpler building block ideas? 


    My research has been focusing on how the brain infers structures and meanings from spatio-temporal sequences, focusing on natural systems such as language, music, and visual narratives. I am particularly interested in how these dynamics are shaped by the physiological properties (e.g., oscillatory activity) and computational principles (e.g., predictive coding, memory capacity) of the brain. I explore these questions using behavioral protocols in combination with electrophysiological measures (i.e. EEG, MEG).



2017–2021PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, Donosti-San Sebastian, Spain
2014–2015Master in Linguistics, Department of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, UK


Seit 2022Post-doctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany
2017–2021Ph.D. researcher, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), Donosti-San Sebastian, Spain
2017Research assistant, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy
2016Research assistant, SISSA-International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy



Bottini, R., Morucci, P., D’Urso, A., Collignon, O., Crepaldi, D., (in press), The Concreteness Advantage in Lexical Decision does not Depend on Perceptual Simulations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Morucci, P., Bottini, R., Crepaldi. D., (2019), Augmented Modality Exclusivity Norms for Concrete and Abstract Italian Property Words. Journal of Cognition, 2(1), 1-14.

Martorell, J., Morucci, P., Mancini, S., & Molinaro, N. (2020). Sentence processing: How words generate syntactic structures in the brain. Chapter in Language Electrified. Techniques, Methods, Applications, and Future Perspectives in the Neurophysiological Investigation of Language. Preprint:10.31234/osf.io/3utpv

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

2022Regeneron Scholarship (Genetics and Neurobiology of Language Course attendance fee)
2021EMBO Short-Term Fellowship
2021DAAD Short-Term Grant
2018Travel Grant, Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind 2018, University of Oslo, Norway
2018Best Abstract Award, Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs 2018), Rovereto, Italy
2017INPhINIT “la Caixa” Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship
2016Graduate Division Student Housing Opportunity for Recruitment Enhancement Program (SHORE), University of California, San Diego (Declined)
2013Collaboration Scholarship, Sapienza University of Rome