Bonatti, LucaResearch Professor at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF )
Social & Behavioural Sciences
I work on artificial and natural language learning, natural categorization, and theories of deductive and probabilistic reasoning. I study cognition both in adults and young infants. In adults, the focus of my latest research is on how language learners can find words and rules in an unknown speech stream. I have promoted a dual model of language acquisition, giving evidence that lexical learning and grammatical learning recruit different acquisition mechanisms. In infant cognition, my work focuses on early abilities of reasoning about the future, and on how basic categories affect infants' organization of experience. Recently, with my collaborators, I have proposed a novel theory of how infants reason about uncertain events and on how their reasoning is affected by what they experience. I have tried to show that infants have intuitions about the future that are not based on their experience of the past, but on their logical abilities of analyzing current events.