Elettra Casellato

Elettra Casellato

Profile

Born and raised in a family originally from South Tyrol, Italy, I grew up in a peculiar multicultural environment. After completing my BA in Psychology and Behavioural Science at the University of Bologna (2015), I moved to Ireland for almost a year to study English, in order to increase the chances of pursuing an academic career overseas. I then moved back to South Tyrol to attend an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Trento. After spending the first year there, I was awarded an Overseas Study Scholarship for academic merits that allowed me to spend one semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. There, I had the chance to attend highly specialistic modules and training not easily accessible in Italy (by attending classes such as a Neuroanatomy course held in the morgue, Neuropsychological Test Assessment and Neuropsychopharmacology, among others).

Back in Italy, I worked as a research intern at the Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation linked to the Interdepartmental Center for Mind and Brain in Trento (Italy) for a semester. The project I was involved in aimed to investigate whether marked difficulties in specific types of sentences (namely negative sentences, active and passive ones, and comparative of majority and minority ones) in Aphasic patients could be neurologically related or were mutually exclusive. Having been always fascinated by the topic of Deafness and Hearing Loss, I graduated in March 2020 with a Thesis in Neuroethics titled "Can Cochlear Implants be seen as a form of Cognitive enhancement? A Neuroethical comparison".  

I am currently one of the two Early-Stage Researchers in Childhood Deafness and Communication Research based in Leeds, as part of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) and Comm4CHILD project, together with my colleague Nathalie Czeke.

Research interests

Due to the nature of my studies, my interests predominantly lie in the Neuroscience domain, specifically Deafness, Deafness Education, Neurolinguistics, Neurological and Neurodegenerative diseases (especially Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease). I am also very fond of Statistics, Neuroanatomy, Neuroethics, Behavioural Analysis and the observation of the underlining sociological effects that may influence any scientific research.

Qualifications

  • MSc Neuroscience
  • BA Psychology and Behavioural Science

Research groups and institutes

  • ICY: Inclusion, Childhood & Youth Research Centre
  • Centre for Language Education