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Leda Berio

I am interested in Language and Cognition; in particular, in how acquiring language shapes our cognitive tools to navigate the social world. I am also interested in modeling conversation and in how partecipants do a good-enough job at understanding each other. Finally, I am an intersectional feminist with theoretical and practical interests in feminist theory.


  • 2020 Berio, L. and Vosgerau, G. "Enriching the cognitive account of Common Ground: kinds of shared information and cognitive processes", Grazer Philosophische Studien, forthcoming.
  • 2020 Berio, L., "Culturally Embedded Schemata for False Belief Reasoning". Synthese special issue: The cultural evolution of human social cognition, R. Moore (ed), doi: doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02655-7
  • 2019 Erbach, K. and Berio, L. “Readings of Plurals and Common Ground”. In E. Pacuit and J. Sikos (eds). Special Volume of Lecture notes in Computer Science, Springer, forthcoming.
  • 2018 Berio, L. “Language relativity and flexibility of mental representations: color terms in a frame based analysis” Proceedings of COST2016 Conference, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, forthcoming.
  • 2017 Berio, L. Latrouite A, Van Valin R, Vosgerau G.  “Immediate and  General Common Ground”, Proceedings of Context2017, Springer’s  Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI).


  • PhD project: Talkinging about thinking: the relation between language and thought and mentalizing as a case study
  • 2015. MA, Philosophical Sciences
    Università degli Studi di Milano
    Milan, Italy
    Thesis: "Tackling Abstract Concepts: Embodied Semantics and the Problem of Abstract Meaning"
    Supervisors: Corrado Sinigaglia (University o fMilan, Philosophy), Anna Maria Borghi (University of Bologna, Psychology)
    Exchange student at King's College London, UK, academic year 2012-2013
  • 2013. BA, Philosophy
    Università degli Studi di Milano
    Milan, Italy
    Thesis: Analycity’s Dogma in Quine’s critique to Neo-empiricism


2019 March Berio, L., “Language Learning and Explicit False Belief Task: An Associationist Account of the Syntactic Bootstrapping Hypothesis” SSPP (Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology), Cincinnati, USA
2019 February Berio, L., “Language giving the higher ground: linguistic knowledge as acquired schemata for understanding others”, iCog Interdisciplinary Approaches to Higher Cognitive Functions annual meeting, University of Reading, UK
2018 December Berio, L. “Filosofia e Neuroscienza” (Philosophy and Neuroscience, service talk). Scientific High School Spezia, Domodossola, Italy
2018 September Berio, L., Schuster, A. “: Mental representations in dialogue:explaining (mis)communication with mentalized frames”, Meeting of the European Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Rijeka, Croatia. Poster presentation
2018 September Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition, negation, and conceptual development”, KogWis (Cognitive Science Annual Meeting), Darmstadt, Germany. Talk
2018 July Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition and conceptual development”, Meeting of the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Ann Arbor (MI), USA. Poster presentation
2018 February Berio, L. and Schuster, A., “Meaning coordination with mentalized frames”, 19th Workshop on the Roots of Pragmasemantics, Szlarska Poreba, Poland. Poster Presentation
2017 Berio, L. And Schuster, A "Mentalised Evolutionary Prototypes", Bochum PLM4, Conference, Germany
2017 Berio L, Latrouite A, Van Valin R, Vosgerau G. , "Immediate and General Common Ground", Paris Context2017 Conference, France
2017 Berio, L. and Schuster, A. "Mentalised Prototypes, Roots of Pragmasemantics Workshop", Szklarska Poręba, Poland
2016 Berio, L. "Analysing the Problem of the Influence of Language on Thought", Cost2016, Conference. Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 Berio, L. "Embodied Semantics and the Problem of Abstract Concepts", MODELACT Conference, Rome, Italy
  • Dr. Leda Berio
  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
  • +49 211 81-11609
  • https://ledaberio.github.io
  • Gebäude: 23.32
  • Etage/Raum: 02.64