Montemurro Sonia

Name and Surname
Sonia Montemurro

Project description
The investigation of pragmatic aspects of language and nonverbal communication leads to understand how linguistic codes achieve communicative goals. Pragmatics refer to the relation between an utterance and its context. Metaphors, irony and figurative language well exemplify such mechanisms, in which the speaker integrate contextual information (including beliefs and intentions), to reach the intended meaning. In the phrase: "He's as nice as a lion to his prey" it is necessary to go beyond the literal meaning to grasp the sense of the phrase.
In some clinical population (e.g., in schizophrenia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) pragmatic can be impaired. A series of studies has been focusing on the importance to consider pragmatic skills in neuropsychological assessments. The first aim of the present project is to investigate such skills in Parkinson's Disease by using both Italian assessment tools and video-analysis, to intercept and measure the several behavioural outcomes co-occurring during neuropsychological assessment of pragmatics.

Sara Mondini
Ombretta Gaggi

Personal Page

- Devita, M., Montemurro, S., Ramponi, S., Marvisi, M., Villani, D., Raimondi, M. C., ... & Mondini, S. (2016). Obstructive sleep apnea and its controversial effects on cognition. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1-12.
- 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, (Preprint), 1-24.
Conference presentations 
- 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).
Research interests
- Clinical Neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation)
- Language and executive functions
- Neural plasticity
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Obstructive sleep apnea