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Lara (28) came to the Netherlands from Italy (University of Trento) to investigate mental imagery at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Now she is a PhD student within Language in InteractionConsortium. She investigates how language affects what we see in situations of uncertainty. For example, will you be more prompt to say that you see a face in a famous face-vase illusion if you are told that it is a face or presented with face-related words? What are the neural mechanisms of this phenomenon? And how semantic information helps us seeing things?
Outside of work, she is a dedicated runner – if she didn’t eat too much of bitterballen – and cinemagoer. Also you can find her in the gym kickboxing or squashing her office-science-life out of herself.