Carlotta Isabella Zona


Since 2019:

  • Lab manager assistant at PRIM;
  • Ph.D. student at PRIM under the supervision of PD Dr. Claudia Felser;
    Project title: "The weighting of morphosyntactic and contextual information during German sentence comprehension by native and non-native speakers"
  • 2017/2018: Erasmus exchange at the University of Potsdam, Dept. of Cognitive Science and Embodied Cognition;
  • 2016 - 2018: Master of Science in Cognitive Science, Umeå Universitet, Sweden; Thesis: "Conceptual combination in nominal compounds: The effects of semantic transparency and frequency" (Supervision: Maria Rosenberg, Ph.D.);
  • 2015/2016: Erasmus exchange, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Dept. of Linguistics;
  • 2014-2018: Master of Arts in Germanistics, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; Thesis: "Darstellung von Aphasie in fiktionaler Literatur. Metaphern und Auswirkungen der Sprachstörung in Patrick Tschans Roman 'Keller fehlt ein Wort'" (Supervision: Dessislava Stoeva-Holm, Ph.D.);
  • 2013: Advanced Course in Swedish as a Foreign Language, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden;
  • 2009 - 2012: Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Italy (110/110).

Doctoral project

My doctoral project focuses on the investigation of linguistic and cognitive factors involved in sentence comprehension by native and non-native speakers at different levels of language proficiency. In particular, the goal of the project is to use behavioral measures to determine and specify the relative weighting of information derived from morphosyntax and contextual cues during on-line sentence comprehension.


Zona, C. I., Raab, M., Fischer, M. H.(2018). Embodied perspectives on behavioral cognitive enhancement.Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1-17. doi: 10.1007%2Fs41465-018-0102-3