Post Doctoral Research Fellow
I am interested in the interplay between language, and cognitive and affective processes. To date, my
research has focused on categorization
processes and on the factors that influence the way in which we
perceive others based on their group membership, both at the explicit and implicit level. The investigatory line I have pursued is how do verbal category labels affect the perception of category
members. In particular, I was interested in how the affective features of labels (e.g., emotional strength) modulate our perception.
A second line of my research has focused on the relation between implicit and explicit processesinvolved in categorization. Recent work has shown
short-term modifiability of automatic category judgments. In this context, my interest is on the explicit effects on implicit associations through some very short-term interventions (e.g., reading a
story about the categories of interest). When participants are exposed to a scenario (i.e., story) that integrates existing concepts (i.e., categories) in a new manner and induces a meaningful, novel
conceptual network, then they show instant modulations of implicit associations. My current plan is to integrate these lines of research with a special focus on the way language interacts, modulates,
and 'binds' social information processing.
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Foroni, F. & Semin, G.R. (2009). Language that puts
you in touch with your bodily feelings: The Multimodal. Responsiveness of Affective Expressions. Psychological Science, 20(8), 974-980.
Foroni, F. & Mayr, U. (2005). The power of a story: New, automatic
associations from a single reading of a short scenario. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 12(1), 139-144.