Simona Amenta - Senior Researcher

Simona Amenta is a Psychologist and she got a Ph.D. in Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan. Following her specialisation in Psychology of Communication, her research interests focused mainly on language and pragmatics. Her most recent works focus on the study of the neurocognitive and emotional processes involved in the elaboration and comprehension of irony through the analysis of electrophysiological and psychophysiological correlates. She is currently working on emotional and attentional processes in clinical populations (autism, alcoholism, neglect).
National and International Pubblications

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (in progress). Neuropragmatics of Irony Understanding. Evidence from ERPs

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (in press). From Pragmatics to Neuropragmatics. In: M. Balconi (ed.) Neuropsychology of Communication. Springer-Verlag, New York

Balconi M. & Amenta S. (2009). Pragmatic and semantic information interplay in ironic meaning computation: Evidence from “pragmatic-semantic” P600 effect,Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society15(Suppl2), 86

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (2008). Isn’t it ironic? An analisys on the elaboration of ironic sentences with ERPs. The Open Applied Linguistics Journal, 1, 9-17

Amenta, S. & Balconi M. (2008). Understanding irony: An ERP analysis on the elaboration of acoustic ironic statements. Neuropsychological Trends, 3, 7-27.

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (2008), Dalla pragmatica alla prospettiva neuropragmatica. In: M. Balconi (ed.) Neuropsicologia della Comunicazione (163-181), Milan: Springer-Verlag.

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (2007), Neuropsychological processes in verbal irony comprehension: an event-related potentials (ERPs) investigation, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 13(Supp. 2): 77.

National and International Conferences

Balconi. M. & Amenta. S. (2009). Pragmatic and semantic information interplay in ironic meaning computation: evidence from “pragmatic-semantic” P600 effect, International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, 29th July-1st August 2009, Helsinki, Finland, Tallin, Estonia

Amenta. S. & Balconi. M. (2009). Is irony semantically incongruent? Understanding irony beyond N400, The 11th European Congress of Psychology, 7-10 July 2009, Oslo, Norway

Amenta. S. (2009). Getting irony: an ERP analysis of pragmatic language comprehension, XPrag 2009, 23-25 April 2009, Lyon, France

Amenta. S. & Balconi, M. (2007). Ironia come fenomeno neuropragmatico: correlati neuropsicologici (ERPs) dell’elaborazione di enunciati ironici. Convegno dell’Associazione Italiana di Psicologia, Area Sperimentale, September 17-19 2007, Como, Italy.

Balconi, M. & Amenta, S. (2007). Neuropsychological processes in verbal irony comprehension: an event-related potentials (ERPs) investigation. International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, July 4-7 2007, Bilbao, Spain.

National and International Book Reviews

“Essays on nonconceptual content” (Book Review) Y.H. Gunther (ed.), Cambridge, MA: Bradford Books, MIT Press, 2003. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27(3), 2007-2008, pp. 280-285.

“Mente ed Economia. Come psicologia e neuroscienze spiegano il comportamento economico.” (Book Review) A. Antonietti & M. Balconi (eds.), Bologna: Il Mulino, 2008. Micro Macro Marketing (forthcoming)