Paolo Canal
Paolo Canal (1980, Pordenone) holds a research position at the IUSS Center for NEurolinguisitcs and Theoretical Syntax since January 2014.

He got a Degree in Psychology at University of Padova (2006), and obtained a Ph.D in Neuroscience at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2010) with a dissertation investigating predictive mechanisms in the comprehension of frequently co-occurring literal and figurative sequences of words.

His research interests are mainly focused on the electrophysiological correlates of the cognitive mechanisms responsible for reading, with particular attention to how individual differences may affect reading processes.

During the Ph.D he carried out research at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and University of California Davis.

He was involved (2010-2012) in a Marie Curie Initial Training Network as Experienced researcher aiming at better understand the link between Language Cognition and Gender, during in which he carried out research at the Human Psychophysiology Lab at University of Sussex.


Selected publications
Papers
  • Masia V., P. Canal, I. Ricci, E. Lombardi Vallauri, V. Bambini (2017) Presupposition of new information as a pragmatic garden path: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials. Journal of Neurolinguistics 42:31-48
  • Canal P., A. Garnham, J. Oakhill (2015) Beyond Gender Stereotypes in Language Comprehension: Self Sex-Role Descriptions Affect the Brain’s Potentials Associated with Agreement Processing. Frontiers in Psychology
  • Molinaro N., P. Canal, F. Vespignani, F. Pesciarelli, C. Cacciari (2013) Are complex function words processed as semantically empty strings? A reading time and ERP study of Collocational Complex Prepositions. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28 (6), 762-788
  • Vespignani F., P. Canal, N. Molinaro, S. Fonda, C. Cacciari (2010) Predictive mechanisms in idiom comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (8), 1682-1700
  • Canal P., F. Vespignani, N. Molinaro, C. Cacciari (2010) Anticipatory mechanisms in idiom comprehension. Psycholinguistic and electrophysiological evidence. In Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of communication, Springer, Milan.
  • Molinaro N., F. Vespignani, P. Canal, S. Fonda, C. Cacciari (2008) Cloze- probability does not only affect N400 amplitude: The case of complex prepositions. Psychophysiology, 45, 1008-1012
  • Cacciari C., F. Vespignani, N. Molinaro, P. Canal, S. Fonda (2008) What electrophysiology reveals about the comprehension of multiword expressions: from syntax to semantics. In L. Arcuri, P. Boscolo & F., Peressotti (Eds.). Cognition and language: a long story. Festschrift in honour of Ino Flores d'Arcais. CLEUP, Padova