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Issues in semantic memory (a.a. 2019/20)


After introducing the main theories and models of the organization of semantic memory, the course will focus on the current research on abstract concepts. Behavioural, clinical, imaging and stimulation studies will be considered in depth. Theoretical models of semantic memory organization will be then critically reviewed on the basis of this evidence.


June 25th, 2020, 14-18
June 26th, 2020, 14-16
June 29th, 2020, 14-18


  • Lambon Ralph, M. A., Jefferies, E., Patterson, K., & Rogers, T. T. (2016). The neural and computational bases of semantic cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
  • Binder, J. R., Conant, L. L., Humphries, C. J., Fernandino, L., Simons, S. B., Aguilar, M., & Desai, R. H. (2016). Toward a brain-based componential semantic representation. Cognitive neuropsychology, 33(3-4), 130-174.
  • Troche, J., Crutch, S. J., & Reilly, J. (2017). Defining a conceptual topography of word concreteness: clustering properties of emotion, sensation, and magnitude among 750 english words. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 1787.
  • Zahn, R., Moll, J., Krueger, F., Huey, E. D., Garrido, G., & Grafman, J. (2007). Social concepts are represented in the superior anterior temporal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(15), 6430-6435.
  • Catricalà, E., Conca, F., Fertonani, A., Miniussi, C., & Cappa, S. F. (2020). State-dependent TMS reveals the differential contribution of ATL and IPS to the representation of abstract concepts related to social and quantity knowledge. Cortex, 123, 30-41.

Additional materials will be provided during the course.


The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2

Eleonora Catricalà

Professoressa Associata in Psicobiologia e Psicologia Fisiologica


Tipologia corso : Tipo c

Periodo: Semestre II

Anno accademico: 2019-2020

Durata : 10 ore