Developmental Psychology - Monica Vanoncini

Monica Vanoncini

Monica Vanoncini (MSc)

PhD-student in the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences (RFCS)


Campus Golm
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Bldg 14, Room 1.10


consulting hours
by appointment

In 2016, Monica obtained her Bachelor´s degree in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Milan (Italy). She did her thesis on the effects of myofunctional therapy in patients with atypical swallowing, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Antonio Schindler and Dr. Giacomo Begnoni. Since then, Monica worked as a Speech and Language Therapist at the Centro S. Maria al Castello in Milan. During that time, she completed an advanced training course on Specific Learning Disorders (200h).

In 2018, she received a fully-funded scholarship from the European Union to join the European Master´s in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL+). She was trained at the University of Eastern Finland (Finland), University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and University of Potsdam (Germany). Monica interned at the Center for Language and Brain at the Higher School of Economics (Russia), where she worked on her Master´s thesis, “The contribution of the auditory and motor cortex in the processing of action and sound verbs”, under the supervision of Dr. Adrià Rofes (University of Groningen) and Dr. Olga Dragoy (Center for Language and Brain, HSE). She graduated in August 2020.

In September 2020, Monica started her PhD position at the University of Potsdam, funded by the university's Research Focus Cognitive Sciences (RFCS) and supervised by Dr. Ezgi Kayhan, Prof. Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, and Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner. The interdisciplinary project aims to examine the role of interpersonal synchrony in language development in infants.


Vanoncini, M., Pozdnyakova, V., Dragoy, O., & Rofes, A. (2021). Motor and auditory priming in a lexical decision task with action and sound verbs. The Russian Journal of Cognitive Science, 8(3), 13–32.

Vanoncini, M., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Elsner, B., Höhl, S. & Kayhan, E. (2022). The role of mother-infant emotional synchrony in speech processing in 9-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 69, 101772.