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Luca Campanelli Luca Campanelli is currently a doctoral candidate in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program. He is a member of the Cognition and Language laboratory (director: Klara Marton, Ph.D.). Mr. Campanelli is interested in the cognitive underpinnings of speech-language processing. He studies what makes difficult-to-process sentences difficult. Why is a sentence like “The reporter who attacked the senator admitted the error” typically more difficult to process than “The reporter who the senator attacked admitted the error”? Luca’s research seeks to understand how the cognitive architecture constrains language processing and its implications for education, training, and intervention.
Mr. Campanelli is the recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His project entitled “Investigating the modulatory effect of expectations on memory retrieval during sentence comprehension” focuses on two different critical aspects of language processing difficulty: memory retrieval and probabilistic expectations. The former captures the cost of retrieving and integrating previously processed elements with the new input words; the latter captures the cost of incorrect predictions about upcoming words or structures in a sentence.  Mr. Campanelli has also received a Dissertation Fellowship through the Graduate Center and The Professor Arthur J. Bronstein and Elsa Bronstein Fellowship for excellence in dissertation writing in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from his department.
Luca Campanelli has been the author or co-author of 13 peer-reviewed publications and 40 conference presentations. His work has been published in journals, such as the Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research; Bilingualism: Language & Cognition; Frontiers in Psychology and presented at numerous international conferences in psychology and speech-language sciences (see more details at ). His future goal is to extend his experimental behavioral work by using computational modeling and eye-tracking methodologies. Luca will start a post-doctoral position in the Spring, 2017 in a psycholinguistics laboratory.