MSCA IF Fellow: Jessica Gemignani

PDFProject:  BabyMindReader - a multivariate NIRS-EEG neural decoder to decipher newborns' inital representations of speech prosody

Jessica Gemignani


MSCA Fellow: Jessica Gemignani

UNIPD Supervisor: Judit Gervain

Department: Developmental Psychology and Socialisation

Total Contribution: Euro 183.473,28

Project Duration in months: 24

Start Date: 01/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2023


Jessica Gemignani, Italian fellow, obtained her M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa; in 2015, she enrolled as Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the ITN Predictable, working at NIRx Medical Technologies and the Technical University of Berlin, where she obtained her Ph.D in Neurotechnology in September 2019. After a post-doc at the University Paris Descartes, she moved to Padua, to work as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation (DPSS), where she will carry out her MSCA Individual Fellowship. Her research involves the use of functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study functional brain activity, and in particular its applications in infant research. Her "BabyMindReader" project as MSCA fellow at the DPSS, under the supervision of Prof. Judit Gervain, will investigate the role of prenatal experience with prosody on language acquisition by means of a highly interdisciplinary approach that brings together well established experimental methods in infant language research with co-registered NIRS-EEG measurements and state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.