Montemurro Sonia

Curriculum
Neuroscience, Technology, and Society, XXXII series
Grant sponsor

UNIPD
Supervisor

Sara Mondini
Co-supervisor
Ombretta Gaggi
Contact
sonia.montemurro[at]phd.unipd.it

Project description

Cognitive networks that are frequently exposed to stimulating activities develop efficiency and flexibility, contributing to increasing cognitive reserve. Cognitive reserve can moderate cognitive decline in aging, delaying the onset of dementia. Education, working activities, leisure time activities (e.g., sports, volunteering) are important components of cognitive reserve. An interesting yet relatively unexplored issue is whether distinct cognitive functions are homogeneously sensitive to cognitive reserve, in the language domain. One pivotal cognitive process is name retrieval (in particular for proper names), which is particularly sensitive to age-related changes. Understanding the effect of cognitive reserve on name retrieval abilities in aging, examining different name categories, is one of our main goals. Additionally, the effect of cognitive reserve on pragmatic abilities of language in under investigation. Pragmatic abilities refer to the human capability to communicate in different contexts, with different interlocutors, recognizing and expressing intentions. Humor comprehension is one of the components of pragmatics. In the sentence: "He's as nice as a lion to his prey", it is necessary to go beyond the literal meaning of the phrase, to grasp its humoristic sense. This process can be impaired in some clinical populations (e.g., in Schizophrenia and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Our goal is to understand how pragmatic abilities might be sensitive to the role of cognitive reserve in persons with Parkinson's Disease.


Publications

- Montemurro S, Mondini S, Crovace C, Jarema G. (2018). Cognitive reserve and its effect on retrieval of proper names, logo names and common nouns (submitted to Frontiers in Communication).

- Montemurro S, Mondini S, Nucci M, Semenza C. (2018). Proper Name retrieval in cognitive decline: the role of Cognitive Reserve. Journal of Mental Lexicon (in press).

- Devita M., Montemurro S, Zangrossi A, Ramponi S, Marvisi M, Villani D, Raimondi MC, Merlo P, Ruscono ML, Mondini (2017). Cognitive and motor reaction times in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: A study based on computerized measures. Brain and Cognition, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2017.07.002.

- Devita M, Montemurro S, Ramponi S, Marvisi M, Villani D, Raimondi MC, Mondini S (2016). Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its Controversial Effects on Cognition. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2016.1253668.

- Maniglia, M., Pavan, A., Sato, G., Contemori, G., Montemurro, S., Battaglini, L., & Casco, C. (2016). Perceptual learning leads to long lasting visual improvement in patients with central vision loss. Restorative neurology and neuroscience, 34(5), 697-720.

- Montemurro S., Mondini S., Signorini M, Bambini, Arcara (2018). Disruption of pragmatic abilities in Parkinson’s Disease: the role of Cognitive Reserve. Conference Paper. The 2nd Experimental Pragmatics in Italy Conference 2018. Pavia (Italy), May 2018 (doi: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2018.73.00016).     

- Montemurro S., Mondini S., Crovace C, Jarema G (2018). Proper Name, Logo Name and Common Noun Retrieval: The Role of Cognitive Reserve. Conference Abstract. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: Academy of Aphasia 56th Annual Meeting, October 2018 Montréal (Quebec, Canada) accepted.

- Devita, M., Montemurro, S., Argentieri, M., Dinoi, G., Malvina, M., Rusconi, M. L., & Mondini, S. (2017). Cognitive and motor reaction times in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. A study based on computerized measures.In Thirty-Fifth European Workshop On Cognitive Neuropsychology: An interdisciplinary approach (pp. 5-5).
- Devita, M., Montemurro, S., Ramponi, S., Marvisi, M., Villani, D., Raimondi, M. C., ... & Mondini, S. (2017). Obstructive sleep apnea and its controversial effects on cognition. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39(7), 659-669 .
- Maniglia, M., Pavan, A., Sato, G., Contemori, G., Montemurro, S., Battaglini, L., & Casco, C. (2016). Perceptual learning leads to long lasting visual improvement in patients with central vision loss. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 4(5), 697-720.
- Montemurro, S., Devita, M. (2016). Young-onset dementia: a case study, poster session. Cognitive Science Arena; 19th-20th February 2016 Brixen (Italy).
- Devita, M., Montemurro, S., Villani, D., Rusconi, M.L., Mondini, S. (2016). Young Onset Dementia and role of Cognitive Reserve (poster session). XLVII National Congress of "Società Italiana di Neurologia", 22nd-25th October 2016, 2016 Venice (Italy).
- Devita, M., Delaini, C., Montemurro, S., Argentieri, M., Ramponi, S., Marvisi, M., Villani, D., Raimondi, M.C., Rusconi, M.L., Mondini, S. (2016). Is obstructive sleep apnea really associated with cognitive impairment? Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, Poster Session. 2nd- 6th July 2016, Copenaghen, (Denmark).
- Šneidere K, Montermurro S, Mondini S, Harlamova J, Ulmane Z, Stepens A. Cognitive reserve and cognitive performance in healthy Latvian seniors. Conference Paper, International Scientific Conference., Rezekne Academy of Technologies. May 2018, Rezekne (Latvia) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17770/sie2018vol1.3221).
- Montemurro S, Mondini S, Nucci M and Semenza C (2017). Proper Names in Aging: relationship with Cognitive Reserve. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Conference Abstract. Academy of Aphasia 55th Annual Meeting. Baltimore (United States of America) (doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2017.223.00083).