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After completing my Ph.D from the Universita’ degli studi di Trento (Italy) in Cognitive Neuroscience, with a thesis on computational aspects of emotion and cooperation (under the supervision of Prof. Massimo Poesio), I won a Marie Curie fellowship and worked at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Sotaro Kita on bilingualism and co-speech gesture transfer. I am currently working  in the Sign Language Research Lab as a post doctoral researcher on the ERC funded Grammar of the Body Project.  My goal is to investigate combinatoriality/recombinatoriality of facial expressions and body gestures in extreme emotion displays.  The  research team will investigate how each face and body  articulator is used and which combinations of those are plausible and communicative and which are not.