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Dr. Erica Cosentino

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University of Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
Room GA 04/44
44780 Bochum, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)234-32-27159
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Office Hours
Lecture Period: Thursdays, 14:15-16:00


My main research interests are in the Philosophy of Language and Mind, Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science. I am particularly interested in two topics: episodic memory (and its connection to mental time travel), and the neuro-psychological basis of language processing. I have also been writing on the following issues: the role of sensory-motor information in semantic processing, language evolution, memory and the self, mindreading and navigation in space.


I received my PhD in 2008 from the University of Palermo with a thesis on the role of episodic memory in the emergence of a temporally extended self and its relation to language acquisition and evolution.


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Selected publications:


Cosentino, E. (2012). La mente narrativa. I fondamenti simulativi della comprensione e produzione del discorso (The Narrative Mind. A Simulationist perspective on discourse processes). CORISCO, Roma.

Cosentino, E. (2012). La testa tra le nuvole. Il linguaggio tra realtà e immaginazione (Mind Wandering. Language between reality and imagination). Aracne, Roma.

Cosentino, E. (2008). Il tempo della mente. Linguaggio, evoluzione e identità personale (Mind’s Time. Language, evolution and personal identity). Quodlibet, Macerata.    


Journal articles

Reuter, K., Werning, M., Kuchinke, L., Cosentino, E. (accepted, August 2016). Reading Words Hurts: The impact of pain sensitivity on people’s ratings of pain-related words. Language and Cognition.

Cosentino, E. (2016). Affordances in language. On the role of motor information in the meaning of nouns. RSL Italian Journal of Cognitive Sciences, 5, 9, 135-150.

Cosentino, E., Werning, M., and Reuter, K. (2015). Reading Words Hurts: The impact of pain sensitivity on people’s ratings of pain-related words. In R. Dale et al. (Eds.), Mind, Technology, and Society: proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 453–458.

Cosentino, E., Ferretti, F. (2015). Cognitive foundations of the narrative self. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, 6(2), 311-324.

Cosentino, E. (2014). Embodied pragmatics and the evolution of language. Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 27, 61-78.

Cosentino, E., Baggio, G., Kontinen, J., Garwels, T., and Werning, M. (2014). Lexicon in action: N400 effect on affordances and telicity. In P. Bello et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2079-84.


Cosentino, E., Ferretti, F. (2014). Communication as navigation. A new role for consciousness in language. Topoi, 33, 1, pp. 263-274.

Cosentino E., Adornetti I., Ferretti F. (2013). Processing narrative coherence: Towards a top-down model of discourse. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASICS). Special Issue “2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative”, 32, pp. 61–75.

Ferretti, F., Adornetti, I., Cosentino, E., Marini, A. (2013). Keeping the route and speaking coherently: the hidden link between spatial navigation and discourse processing. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26(2), 327-334.

Ferretti, F., Cosentino, E. (2013). Time, Language and Flexibility of the Mind. The role of MTT in Linguistic Comprehension and Production. Philosophical Psychology, 26 (1), 24-46.

Cosentino, E. (2011). Self in time and language. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(3), 777-83.