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Paolo Canal

Role: Junior Researcher in Linguistics
Department: Humanities and Life Sciences


Paolo Canal (1980) is a junior researcher in Linguistics at Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS di Pavia. He graduated in Clinical Psychology at University of Padua, and obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the Department of biomedical sciences at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with a dissertation on the anticipatory processes in language comprehension in the case of idiomatic expressions. He studies the cognitive mechanisms of language comprehension mainly using two methodological approaches: by measuring the electrical activity of the brain with the EEG and by monitoring the eye-movements using the eye-tracker. His interests are focused on the realm of figurative language processing (for instance, idioms, metaphors and humor) and on the spread and impact of gender stereotypes on cognitive functioning. Across the different topics he always focused on how individual differences affect comprehension and interpretation of the verbal message (for instance, Theory of Mind, Autistic Quotient, sexism, and memory).
He carried out his research at the School of Psychology at University of Sussex, within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Language Cognition and Gender (2010-2012), at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (2016-2017) and at the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS di Pavia (2014-2015, and 2018-present). Is author of several publications on international journals and books.