Sendy Caffarra


Welcome to my website!

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Modena (RTDB, Rita Levi Montalcini fellowship) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (USA).

I am interested in how the brain is able to understand single words and combine them in order to achieve full comprehension of complex sentences. I use behavioural and electrophysiological techniques (EEG/MEG) to investigate the temporal sequence of key cognitive processes involved in language perception, from semantic to syntactic analysis. I also investigate how these cognitive mechanisms change due to experiential factors, which reveals the extraordinary plasticity of human brain. My research interests fall within the domains of cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and neurodevelopmental psychology.

In my free time I really enjoy watching documentaries (have a look at some suggestions in the corresponding section of this website)!

Selected publications:

  • Caffarra, S., Joo, S. J., Bloom, D., Kruper, J., Rokem, A., & Yeatman, J. D. (in press). Development of the visual white matter pathways mediates development of electrophysiological responses in visual cortex. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25654.

  • Caffarra, S., Lizarazu, M., Molinaro, N. & Carreiras, M. (2021). Reading-related brain changes in audiovisual processing: cross-sectional and longitudinal MEG evidence. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41, 5867-5875.

  • Caffarra, S., Mendoza, M., & Davidson, D. (2019). Is the LAN effect in morphosyntactic processing an ERP artifact? Brain & Language, 191, 9-16. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2019.01.003.

  • Caffarra, S., Molinaro, N., Davidson, D., & Carreiras, M. (2015). Second language syntactic processing revealed through event-related potentials: An empirical review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral reviews, 51C, 31-47. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.01.010.