LeonardoFernandino_Academic Profile

Leonardo Fernandino, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • Neurology


PhD, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Clinical Psychologist, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2003
Bachelor of Psychology, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2001



Cognitive Neuroscience


Semantic memory
Language comprehension
Functional magnetic resonance imaging
EEG event-related potentials
Encoding/decoding models
Representational similarity analysis


Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago, Department of Neurology, 2009-2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology, 2010-2015

Professional Memberships

Society for Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Society for the Neurobiology of Language
Association for Psychological Science
Psychonomic Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Research Experience

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Science
  • Compositional semantics
  • Concept representation
  • Event-related potentials, N400
  • Inter-hemispheric interaction
  • Language
  • Lexical semantics
  • Neural network modeling
  • Neurosciences
  • Semantic deficits
  • Semantics

Methodologies and Techniques

  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Evoked Potentials, Motor
  • Functional MRI
  • Lateralized stimulus presentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychophysics
  • Statistics

Leadership Positions

  • Member, MCW Faculty Council

Educational Expertise

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Brain
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comprehension
  • Concept representation
  • Event-Related Potentials, N400
  • Language
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Multivariate Analysis

Community Partnerships

  • MCW BrainExpo

Research Interests

My research investigates the neural mechanisms of language processing and concept representation. I use functional brain imaging techniques (fMRI, MEG, EEG) and behavioral assessment of neurological patients and healthy participants to understand how these processes are implemented in the brain.

Funded Grants

New Faculty Pilot Grant
MCW Research Affairs Committee
“Decoding semantic representations through neural encoding models”
P.I.: Fernandino, L.
Role: Principal Investigator
01/01/18-12/31/18 | Total award: $25,000

The Epilepsy Connectome Project
NIH Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.I.: Binder, J.R.
Role: Co-Investigator
08/24/15-06/30/19 | Total award: $5.1M