Every year CLASTA conference schedules keynote lectures, thematic symposia and poster sessions.

The keynote lecturers of the 11th edition, that will be held online on the 14th and 15th April, 2021, are Michèle Guidetti (University of Tolosa Jean Jaurès), Courtenay Norbury (University College London) and Daria Riva (Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C. Besta; Fondazione TOG).



Keynote lecture:

A “new look” on the role of joint attention in social interactions. Evidence from different linguistic and cultural environments, and from typical and atypical development

Bibliographical references:

  • Cochet, H., & Guidetti, M. (2018). Contributions of developmental psychology to the study of social interactions: Some factors in play, joint attention and joint action and implications for robotics. Frontiers in Psychology, Developmental Psychology. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01992.
  • Kidwell, M. & Zimmerman, D.H. (2007). Joint attention as action. Journal of Pragmatics, 39, 592-611.
  • Molina, P., Guidetti, M., Thommen, E., Sala M. N., Bulgarelli, D., Ongari, B., …, & Molteni, M. (2016). Evaluating early communicative development. In: EADP (eds). Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, September 8-12, 2015, Braga, Portugal (pp. 103-108). Bologne : Medimond.
  • Thommen, E., Rossini, E., Di Fulvio, A., Rudelli, N., Cattelan, C., Zecchin, M. & Guidetti, M. (2016). Le pointage dans l’autisme : Évolution de la compréhension et de la production après 6 mois d’intervention précoce. Enfance, 4, 445-459.
  • Tomasello, M. (2019). Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny. Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


Keynote lecture:

Stability and change in developmental language disorder (DLD)

Bibliographical references:

  • Norbury, CF., Gooch, D., Vamvakas, G., Baird, G., Charman, T., Simonoff, E. and Pickles, A. (2017). Language growth in children with heterogeneous language disorders: a population study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1092-1105.
  • Norbury, CF., Gooch, D., Wray, C., Baird, G., Charman, T., Simonoff, E., Vamvakas, G., and Pickles, A. (2016). The impact of nonverbal ability on prevalence and clinical presentation of language disorder: evidence from a population study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57: 1247-1257.


Keynote lecture:

Basi neurali del linguaggio e riorganizzazione nello sviluppo atipico e dopo lesione cerebrale

Bibliographical references:

  • Riva D, Cazzaniga L, Late effects of unilateral brain lesions sustained before and after age one, Neuropsychologia, 1986:  423 -428.
  • Riva D, Gli esiti a distanza delle lesioni cerebrali congenite ed acquisite, Neuropsicologia dell’età Evolutiva, ed A Benton, H Levin, G Moretti e D Riva, Franco De Angeli, 1992, pp. 185-198.
  • Bulgheroni S, Nichelli F, Erbetta A, Bagnasco I,Riva D, Verbal dichotic listening and manual performance in children with congenital unilateral brain lesions, Neuropsychology, 2004 Oct;18(4):748-55.
  • Riva D, Vago C, Franceschetti S, Pantaleoni C, D’Arrigo S, Granata T, Bulgheroni S, Intellectual and language findings and their relationship to EEG characteristics in benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes, Epilepsy Behav, 2007 Mar;10(2):278-85, Epub 2007 Jan 30
  • Bulgheroni S, Franceschetti S, Vago C, Usilla A, Pantaleoni C, D’Arrigo S, Riva D, Verbal dichotic listening performance and its relationship with EEG features in benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes, Epilepsy Res, 2008 Mar;79(1):31-8.
  • Riva D, Franceschetti S, Erbetta A, Baranello G, Esposito S, Bulgheroni S, Congenital brain damage: cognitive development correlates with lesion and electroencephalographic features, J Child Neurol,2013 Apr;28(4):446-54.
  • Riva D, Taddei M, Ghielmetti F, Erbetta A, Bulgheroni S, Language Cerebro-cerebellar Reorganization in Children After Surgery of Right Cerebellar Astrocytoma: a fMRI Study, Cerebellum, 2019 Aug;18(4):791-806.

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