Maria Ktori

Maria's research interests lie in the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience with a particular focus on written language processing. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the cognitive and neural processes that underlie the recognition of written words, and reading in general. In her primary line of research, she uses a combination of behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) measures to investigate the functional and spatio-temporal dynamics of the processing mechanisms that operate during the transformation of abstract letter strings into meaningful linguistic units. She has investigated orthographic processing in both adults and children, looking at the very early phase of visual word recognition where letter identification and letter position encoding takes place. More recently, she has been examining the processes through which people read multi-syllabic words.  With the use of behavioral, neuropsychological and computational modelling approaches she seeks to uncover the cues that adult (dyslexic and non-dyslexic) readers use to assign stress on words comprising more than one syllable.

In January 2017 she joined the L2R lab at SISSA, whereby, together with a group of brilliant researchers, she seeks to examine and understand the role of statistical learning in reading through behavioral, eye-tracking, neurophysiology and neuroimaging techniques.