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Structure Department of Neurosciences
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Office hours
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, 2° piano clinica neurologica, via Giustiniani 5
(updated on 27/06/2013 09:46)

Proposals for thesis
Theses are proposed after a meeting with the student. The aim of the first meeting is to understand what he/she likes, what is the type of his/her competence and what he/she is prepared to do.
The main topics are language and mathematical functions, but virtually any topic can occasionally be addressed. Methods are those of cognitive neuroscience, with a preference for clinical studies. Occasionally instrumental techniques like ERPs, TMS or neuroimaging are also used. Clinical investigations mainly concern single cases but occasionally the object of the study is a clinical population (e.g. Alzheimer's disease) or a normal population. Occasionally developmental populations are studied, mainly in order to compare their performance with that of pathological populations.

Curriculum Vitae
Graduated in Medicine, 17-7-1974, Diploma in Psychiatry, 26-7-1978 , U. of Padova.
Present Position: Full Professor, U. of Padova (2008-).
Full Professor of Neuropsychology U. of Trieste , Italy (1995-2008). Head of the Dept. of Psychology Univ of Trieste, 1997-2000, Head of Clinical Psychology School Trieste (1997-2000-2002). Associate Professor Univ. PD 1980-1995).
Research Fellow, Boston VA Hospital, 1977-1978, 1981, 1983; Visiting Professor/Teaching U. of Melbourne (1988), U. Complutense Madrid (1991), Boston U, (1991), Victoria U. (1997), U. Athens, 2010, 2012, 2013, Basque Center for Cognition, Brain and Language, S Sebastian (2013).
Founder-organiser European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy, 1983-present.
NATO Study Visit Grants: 1983, (Boston VA, Univ Oregon, Univ Montreal), NATO Twinning Grant , 1987, 1990,
(UCLondon), 1994 (UCLondon, USC Los Angeles). UE MC Grants for the Study of Mathematical Cognition 1991-1993, 2000-2003, 2004-2008.
Publications on Nature, Brain, Language and Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Neuropsychologia, Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, Neurocase, Cortex, Brain and Language, Brain and Cognition, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Neuropsychoanalysis, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Journal of Memory and Language, Memory and Cognition, Memory, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience Letters, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, The Mental Lexicon, Journal of Neurosurgery, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Acta Psychologica, Journal of the Neurological Science, Perception, NeuroImage, etc. and internationally published book chapters.
In the Board of Editors of Brain and Language, Mathematical Cognition, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Neuropsicologia Latina, Neuropsychoanalysis, Mental Lexicon, Neuropsychologia., Frontiers on Language Sciences.
Affiliations: International Neuropsychology Symposium, Academy of Aphasia (member Board of Governors), World Federation of Neurology, Società Italiana Neuropsicologia.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): BA88DCD154DCCDD5F47C0DC3F60E5540.pdf

Research areas
All areas of neuropsychology, language in particular. A main research topic is lexical semantics and the retrieval processes, studied through the observation of specific aphasic conditions, with special attention to word categories (e.g. proper and common names, mass and count nouns) and morphological features (e.g. compounds, derived words, etc). Another pivotal interest is that of number representation and calculation, studied through the observation of acalculia cases, research concerning number transcoding, arithmetical facts representation, arithmetical procedures and rules and conceptual knowledge; the domain of body representation is also addressed through a an experimental approach; other neuropsychological topics concern phonology, gesture, drawing and clinical issues as early diagnosis of dementia; theoretical and methodological issues are widely addressed (original theoretical accounts of the modularity and transparency principles, the use of strategies and longitudinal studies); the brain implementation of processes observed in psychoanalysis and the relation between cognitive neuroscience and psychoanalysis have also been the focus of theoretical work.

357) Cona G, Marino, G and Semenza C (2017) TMS of supplementary motor area (SMA) facilitates mental rotation performance: Evidence for sequence processing in SMA, NeuroImage. Feb 1;146:770-777. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.10.032.
358) Cona G and Semenza C (2017) Supplementary Motor Area as key structure for domain-general sequence processing: A unified account. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Jan;72:28-42. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.10.033.
359) Benavides-Varela S, Piva D, Burgio F, Passarini L, Rolma G, Meneghello F and Semenza C (2017) Re-assessing acalculia: Distinguishing Spatial and purely
Arithmetical deficits in right-hemisphere damaged patients. Cortex, 88, 151-164.
360) Semenza C (2017) The unconscious in cognitive science. A few suggestions for psychoanalysis. In M. Leuzinger-Bohleber , S. Arnold and M. Solms (Eds): The Unconscious. A bridge between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon. Pp. 93-112.
361) Montefinese M, Turco C, Piccione F and Semenza C (2017) Causal role of the posterior parietal cortex for two-digit mental subtraction and addition: a repetitive TMS study. NeuroImage. 155, 72-81.
362) Cona G, Panozzo G and Semenza C (in press) The role of dorsal premotor cortex in mental rotation: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Brain and Cognition.
363) Bussé C, Anselmi P, Pompanin S, Zorzi G, Fragiacomo F, Camporese G, Di Bernardo GA, Semenza C, Caffarra P and Cagnin A (2017) Specific verbal memory measures may distinguish Alzheimer's disease from dementia with Lewi bodies. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 59, 1009-1015.
364) Arcara G, Burgio F, Benavides-Varela S, Toffano R, Gindri P, Tonini E, Meneghello F and Semenza, C (in press) Numerical Activities of Daily Living - Financial (NADL-F): A tool for the assessment of financial capacities. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
365) Fyndanis V, Arfani D, Varlokosta S, Burgio F, Maculan A, Miceli G, Arcara G, Palla F, Cagnin A, Papageorgiu SG, Semenza C (in press) Morphosyntactic production in Greek- and Italian-speaking individuals with probable Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence from subject-verb agreement, tense/time reference, and mood. Aphasiology.
366) Burgio F, Benavides-Varela S, Arcara G, Trevisson E, Frizziero D, Clementi M and Semenza C (in press) Numerical Activities of Daily Living in adults with Neurofibromatosis type 1. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
367) Vallesi A, Mazzonetto I, Ambrosini E, Babcock L, Capizzi M, Arbula S, Tarantino V, Semenza C, Bertoldo A (2017) Structural hemispheric asymmetries underlie verbal Stroop performance. Behavioural Brain Research.335, 167-173.
368) Semenza C and Benavides-Varela S (in press) Reassessing Lateralisation in Calculation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. DOI10.1098/rstb.2017.0044.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): BA88DCD154DCCDD5F47C0DC3F60E5540.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
ME1858 COMMON MEN1033962 8 1st Year (2019/20) Second
PS1932 COMMON PSP3049828 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
LE0610 COMMON LE01106248 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
ME1849 COMMON MEO2044732 6 2nd Year (2019/20) First
ME1858 COMMON MEP3051764 6 3rd Year (2019/20) First