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Nicola Molinaro

Nicola Molinaro

Staff Scientist
Ikerbasque Research Fellow 2014-2018

Sentence-level composition, Agreement processing, Prediction/Reaction processes, Language learning, Multi-Word Expressions, Visual word recognition, Dyslexia, Electrophysiology

E-Mail: n.molinaro@bcbl.eu
Tel.: +34 943 309 300 (Ext. 206)
personal web page: https://sites.google.com/site/nicolaml/

Publications

  • Lallier, M., Molinaro, N., Lizarazu, M., Bourguignon, M., & Carreiras, M., ( In Press ) Amodal atypical neural oscillatory activity in dyslexia: A cross-linguistic perspective. Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Canal, P., Pesciarelli, F., Vespignani, F., Molinaro, N., & Cacciari, C., ( In Press ) Basic composition and enriched integration in idiom processing: an EEG study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Mancini, S., Quiñones, I., Molinaro, N., Hernandez, J.A., & Carreiras, M., ( In Press ) Disentangling meaning in the brain: left-temporal involvement in agreement processing. Cortex.
  • Ristic, B., Molinaro, N., & Mancini, S., ( 2016 ) Agreement attraction in Serbian: Decomposing markedness. The Mental Lexicon, 11(2), 242-276. DOI: 10.1075/ml.11.2.04ris
  • Molinaro, N., Monsalve, I.F., & Lizarazu, M., ( 2016 ) Is there a common oscillatory brain mechanism for producing and predicting language? Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31(1), 145-158. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2015.1077978
  • Molinaro, N.*, Lizarazu, M.*, Lallier, M.*, Bourguignon, M., & Carreiras, M., ( 2016 ) Out-of-synchrony speech entrainment in developmental dyslexia. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 2767–2783. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.23206 **Equal contribution, corresponding authors.
  • Molinaro, N., Su, J.J., & Carreiras, M., ( 2016 ) Stereotypes override grammar: Social knowledge in sentence comprehension. Brain & Language, 155-156, 36-43. Doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2016.03.002
  • Lizarazu, M.*, Lallier, M.*, Molinaro, N.*, Bourguignon, M., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Developmental evaluation of atypical auditory sampling in dyslexia: Functional and structural evidence Human Brain Mapping, 36(12), 4986-5002. DOI:10.1002/hbm.22986 *Equal contribution, corresponding authors.
  • Pagnotta, M.F., Zouridakis, G., Li, L., Lizarazu, M., Lallier, M., Molinaro, N., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Low frequency overactivation in dyslexia: Evidence from resting state magnetoencephalography. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
  • Carreiras, M., Monahan, P.J., Lizarazu, M., Duñabeitia, J.A., & Molinaro, N., ( 2015 ) Numbers are not like words: Different pathways for literacy and numeracy. Neuroimage, 118, 79-89. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.06.021.
  • Molinaro*, N., Paz-Alonso*, P.M., Duñabeitia, J.A., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Combinatorial semantics strengthens angular-anterior temporal coupling. Cortex, 65, 113-127. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.01.004. *Equal contribution
  • Pérez, A., Gillon Dowens, M., Molinaro, N., Iturria-Medina, Y., Barraza, P., García-Pentón, L., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2015 ) Complex brain network properties in late L2 learners and native speakers. Neuropsychologia, 68, 209–217. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.01.021.
  • Massol, S., Molinaro, N., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Lexical inhibition of neighbors during visual word recognition: an unmasked priming investigation. Brain Research, 1604, 35-51. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.01.051.
  • Molinaro, N., Barber, H.A., Caffarra, S., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) On the left anterior negativity (LAN): The case of morphosyntactic agreement. Cortex, 66, 156-159. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.06.009.
  • Caffarra, S., Molinaro, N., Davidson, D. J., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Second language syntactic processing revealed through event-related potentials: an empirical review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 51, 31–47. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.01.010.
  • Monsalve, I.F., Pérez, A., & Molinaro, N., ( 2014 ) Item parameters dissociate between expectation formats: A regression analysis of time-frequency decomposed EEG data. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:847. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00847.
  • Mancini, S., Molinaro, N., Davidson, D. J., Avilés, A., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2014 ) Person and the syntax-discourse interface: an eye-tracking study of agreement. Journal of Memory & Language, 76, 141-157. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2014.06.010.
  • Quiñones, I., Molinaro, N., Mancini, S., Hernández-Cabrera, J.A., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2014 ) Where agreement merges with disagreement: fMRI evidence of subject-verb integration. Neuroimage, 88, 188–201. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.11.038.
  • Mancini, S., Molinaro, N., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2013 ) Anchoring Agreement in Comprehension. Language & Linguistics Compass, 7/1: 1–21. DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12008.
  • Mancini, S., Molinaro, N. & Carreiras, M., ( 2013 ) Anchoring Agreement. In M. Sanz, M. Tanenhaus, M. & I. Laka (Eds.), Language Down the Garden Path, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp 280-293.
  • Molinaro, N., Canal, P., Vespignani, F., Pesciarelli, F., & Cacciari, C. , ( 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. DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2012.665465.
  • Molinaro, N., Barber, H.A., Pérez, A., Parkkonen, L., & Carreiras, M., ( 2013 ) Left fronto-temporal dynamics during agreement processing: Evidence for feature-specific computations. Neuroimage, 78, 339-352. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.025.
  • Molinaro, N., Barraza, P., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2013 ) Long-range neural synchronization supports fast and efficient reading: EEG correlates of processing expected words in sentences. Neuroimage, 72, 120-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.031.
  • Duñabeitia, J.A., & Molinaro, N. , ( 2013 ) The wide-open doors to lexical access. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:471. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00471.
  • Leone-Fernández, B., Molinaro, N., Carreiras, M., & Barber, H. A., ( 2012 ) Objects, events and “to be” verbs in Spanish “An ERP study of the syntax” semantics interface. Brain and Language, 120, 127-134. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2010.12.006.
  • Pérez, A., Molinaro, N., Mancini, S., Barraza, P., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2012 ) Oscillatory dynamics related to the Unagreement pattern in Spanish. Neuropsychologia, 50(11), 2584–2597. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.07.009.
  • Carreiras, M., Duñabeitia, J.A., & Molinaro, N., ( 2012 ) Reading Words and Sentences in Spanish. In J.I. Hualde, A. Olarrea & E. O'Rourke (Eds), The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics (pp. 803-826). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Molinaro, N., Carreiras, M., & Duñabeitia, J.A. , ( 2012 ) Semantic combinatorial processing of non-anomalous expressions. Neuroimage, 59 (4), 3488-3501. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.009.
  • Molinaro, N. , ( 2012 ) Yuxtaposiciones lingüísticas que activan el cerebro. Mente y Cerebro, Spanish edition of the Scientific American, 55, p. 43.
  • Mancini, S., Molinaro, N., Rizzi, L., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2011 ) A person is not a number: discourse involvement in subject-verb agreement computation. Brain Research, 1410, 64-76. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2011.06.055.
  • Molinaro, N., Barber, H.A., & Carreiras, M., ( 2011 ) Grammatical agreement processing in reading: ERP findings and future directions. Cortex, 47, 908-930. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2011.02.019.
  • Duñabeitia, J.A., Molinaro, N., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2011 ) Through the looking-glass: Mirror reading. Neuroimage, 54, 3004-3009. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.10.079.
  • Mancini, S., Molinaro, N., Rizzi, L. & Carreiras, M., ( 2011 ) When persons disagree: an ERP study of Unagreement in Spanish. Psychophysiology, 48(10), 1361-1371. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01212.x.
  • Molinaro, N., Vespignani, F., Zamparelli, R., & Job, R. , ( 2011 ) Why brother and sister are not just siblings: Repair processes in agreement computation. Journal of Memory and Language, 64 (2011), 211-232. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2010.12.002.
  • Canal, P., Vespignani, F., Molinaro, N., & Cacciari, C. , ( 2010 ) Anticipatory mechanisms in idiom comprehension: Psycholinguistic and electrophysiological evidence. In Balconi, M. (Ed.) Neuropsychology of communication (pp. 131-144). Milan (IT): Springer.
  • Molinaro, N., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2010 ) Electrophysiological evidence of interaction between contextual expectation and semantic integration during the processing of collocations. Biological Psychology, 83, 176-190. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2009.12.006.
  • Molinaro, N., Duñabeitia, J.A., Marín-Gutiérrez, A., & Carreiras, M., ( 2010 ) From numbers to letters: Feedback regularization in visual word recognition. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1343-1355. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.12.037.
  • Molinaro, N., Conrad, M., Barber, H., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2010 ) On the functional nature of the N400: Contrasting effects related to visual word recognition and contextual semantic integration. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1(1), 1-7, doi:10.1080/17588920903373952.
  • Vespignani, F., Canal, P., Molinaro, N., Fonda, S., & Cacciari, C. , ( 2010 ) Predictive mechanisms in idiom comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (8), 1682-1700
  • Carreiras, M., Duñabeitia, J.A., & Molinaro, N. , ( 2009 ) Consonants and vowels contribute differently to visual word recognition: ERPs of relative position priming. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 2659 - 2670. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhp019.
  • Duñabeitia, J.A., Molinaro, N., Laka, I., Estévez, A., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2009 ) N250 effects for letter transpositions depend on lexicality: Casual or causal? NeuroReport, 20, 381-387. DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283249b1c.
  • Molinaro, N., Vespignani, F., & Job, R. , ( 2008 ) A deeper reanalysis of a superficial feature: An ERP study on agreement violations. Brain Research, 1228, 161-176.
  • Molinaro, N., Kim, A., Vespignani, F., & Job, R. , ( 2008 ) Anaphoric agreement violation: An ERP analysis of its integration. Cognition, 106, 963-974.
  • Molinaro, N., Vespignani, F., Canal, P., Fonda, S., & Cacciari, C. , ( 2008 ) Cloze-probability does not only affect N400 amplitude: The case of complex prepositions. Psychophysiology, 45 (6), 1008-1012.
  • Cacciari. C., Vespignani, F., Molinaro, N., Canal. P., & Fonda, S. , ( 2008 ) What electrophysiology reveals about the comprehension of multiword expressions: from syntax to semantics. In Cognition and language: a long story. Festschrift in honour of Ino Flores d'Arcais (L. Arcuri, P. Boscolo & F. Peressotti, Eds.; pp. 41-58). Padova, IT: CLEUP.
  • Osterhout, L., McLaughlin, J., Pitkanen, I., Frenck-Mestre, C., & Molinaro, N. , ( 2006 ) Novice learners, longitudinal designs, and event-related potentials: A paradigm for exploring the neurocognition of second-language processing. Language Learning, 56, 199-230. Reprinted in: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Second-language Acquisition (M. Gullberg & P. Indefrey, Eds.). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.