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Genova Capitale Europea della Cultura 2004



Dr. Isabella La Rovere

Professional Visiting Researcher, University of Plymouth




University of Genoa,

Department of Developmental Science


University of Plymouth,

Thinking and Reasoning Group, School of Psychology

Adaptive Behaviour & Cognition Research Group


Email address


Tel. +44 (0)1752 233768

Fax +44 (0)1752 232540

Address: A301, Portland Square Building, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA (UK)


Research interests

  • Reasoning, thinking and the use of heuristic strategies in syllogistic reasoning.
  • Propositional reasoning,
  • Simulation of reasoning with neural networks,
  • Reasoning with quantifiers,
  • Working memory, spatial and verbal reasoning,
  • Individual difference in every-day reasoning


Publications (Conference presentation)


La Rovere I., Cangelosi A., Coventry K.R., Newstead S. (in press).

Context effects in the use of linguistic quantifiers: A study on english and italian vague quantifiers.

ESSCS Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Cognitive Systems, London.


Cherubini P., La Rovere I, Mazzocco A. (2000).

Dai modelli alle regole: evitare le esplosioni combinatorie nel ragionamento proposizionale.

Atti del Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia Sperimentale.





Qualifications & Background

March 2003- current
PhD: Methodology of Research in Human Science, University of
Genoa (Italy).

December 2001
Laurea in Psychology, (Experimental Psychology),
University of Padua (Italy).

Thesis: Controllo della complessita nel ragionamento proposizionale: passaggio da modelli a regole (The complexity control in propositional reasoning: passage from mental models to logic rules). Thesis supervisors: Proff. A.Mazzocco and P.Cherubini.


Research Activity


March 2004 June 2006:

Visiting PhD Student, University of Plymouth

Adaptive Behavior and Cognition Research Group (School of Computing, Communication & Electronics)

Spatial Language Group (School of Psychology)

Supervisors: A. Cangelosi, K. Coventry,


March 2003 June 2006

PhD student, Dept. of Development Science, University of Genoa (Italy)

Supervisor: Prof. G. Amoretti


September2002- March 2003

Postgraduate Research Training, Dept. of Cogniive Science, L.I.R.I.P.A.C. Padua (Italy).

Supervisor: Prof.ssa A. Nota


February 2002 September 2002

Postgraduate Research Training, Dept. of General Psychology, University of Padua (Italy).

Supervisor: Prof. A. Mazzocco


Research skills

          Designing experiments (MEL -Micro Experimental Laboratory and E-Prime);

          Running Computer controlled experiments with attentional task;

          Using statistical packages (SPSS) to analyse data;

          Running behavioural experiments with ERPs;

          Assessing and administering psycolinguistic test on primary school child;

          Simulation task with neural network.




Professor S. Handley (Adaptive Behaviour & Cognition Research Group)

Research on thinking and reasoning


Prof. M. Palumbo (University of Genoa)

PhD Supervisor


Professor A. Cangelosi (Adaptive Behaviour & Cognition Research Group)

Research on experiments and models with quantifiers in reasoning.


Prof. G. Amoretti (University of Genoa)

PhD Supervisor


Dr. K. Coventry (Centre for Thinking and Language, Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK)

Research on experiments with quantifiers in reasoning.


Prof. S. Morra (Psychology Division, Department of Anthropological Sciences, University of Genoa, Italy)

Research on function and nature of subvocal rehearsal.




          Italian: native speaker

          English: fluent