About


This website provides information about my research, publications, and other professional activities. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Statistical Imaging Neuroscience group led by Dr. Christian Beckmann at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. 

My research is situated on the intersection of cognitive science and data analysis methods development. The main aim of my research is to better understand how the structure of information (e.g., text, visual events) influences attention allocation and memory encoding, and how this in turn affects other higher-level cognitive processes such as learning and decision-making. To this end, I combine basic attention and memory research with the development of state-of-the-art measures of attention from eye gaze and functional magnetic resonance imaging data. 

Before coming to the Donders Institute, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Emotive Computing Lab led by Dr. Sidney D'Mello at the University of Notre Dame Department of Psychology, studying when, why and how the mind wanders during different tasks including text- and film comprehension. I used a combination of behavioral measures, eye tracking, computational methods and content analyses to establish what the environmental conditions are that give rise to mind wandering (in collaboration with Dr. G.A. Radvansky) and how eye gaze can be used to detect a wandering mind across different tasks (in collaboration with Dr. James Brockmole). 

I obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of York (UK) with a specialization in event perception, memory, language and time (advisor: Dr. Silvia Gennari). My PhD work examined how we encode events and how we reconstruct their unfolding, focusing on the role of event structure in duration attribution. Before my PhD, I investigated how children acquire the meaning of complex concepts like quantifiers (University of Groningen) and how people mentally represent the meaning of action verbs in different contexts using neuroimaging methods including brain connectivity (University of York).