Miani Alessandro


Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations
2e étage, bureau E223
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH-2000 Neuchâtel

Tél. + 41 32 718 14 91
E-mail : alessandro.miani@unine.ch

ResearchGate & Google scholar


2019 to now

Ph.D student in Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Neuchâtel; under the supervision
of Prof. A. Bangerter
2016 M.A. in Cognitive Semiotics, Aarhus University, Denmark. Thesis Title: The impact of sex and
menstrual cycle on rhythmic synchronization: an experimental approach, Supervisors: Panagiotis Mitkidis
and Riccardo Fusaroli
2011 M.A. in Communication Sciences (Advertising curriculum), University of Modena e Reggio Emilia,
Italy. Thesis Title: Music and advertising: a rhetoric approach, Supervisor: Stefano Calabrese
2008 B.A. in Music Studies, University of Udine, Italy. Thesis Title: Harmonic priming for chord
progressions: cognitive and sensorial processing, Supervisor: Daniela Guzzon (University of Padova)
2019 Summer School: “Content Analysis and Natural Language Processing” with Thomas Hills, University of
Lugano, Switzerland
2015 Summer School: “Origins of Human Cooperation” with Michael Tomasello, University of Tübingen,

Research interests

  • Evolution of conspiracy theories
  • Evolution of music
  • Neurobiology of rhythmic sychronization
  • Neurobiology of stress and sexual behavior


Published - Peer reviewed

  • Miani A., Hills T. & Bangerter A. (2021). LOCO: The 88-million-word Language of Conspiracy Corpus. Behavior Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-021-01698-z
  • Mayor E., Meyer A., Miani A, & Lieb R. (2021). An Exploration of the Nomological Network of Try- pophobia. PLOS ONE, 16(9), e0257409. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257409
  • Miani, A., Di Bernardo, G. A., Højgaard, A. D., Earp, B. D., Zak, P. J., Landau, A. M., Hoppe, J., & Winterdahl, M. (2020). Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing. Heliyon, 6(11), e05566. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05566 .
  • Perea-García J.O., Miani A., Alstrup A.K.O., Malmkvist J., Pertoldi C., Jensen T.H., Nielsen R.K., Hansen D.W., & Bach L. (2020). Orangulas: effect of scheduled visual enrichment on behavioral and endocrine aspects of a captive orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 8(1), 67-72. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v8i1.416
  • Miani A., Pedersen  A.S., Rask C.U., Uber-Zak L., Zak P.J. & Winterdahl M. (2019). Predicting psychogenic non-epileptic seizures from serum levels of neuropeptide Y and adrenocorticotropic hormone. Acta Neuropsychiatrica. 31(3), 167-171. https://doi.org/10.1017/neu.2019.3
  • Tønnesen M., Miani A., Pedersen A.S., Mitkidis P., Zak P.J., & Winterdahl M. (2018). Neuropeptide Y and religious commitment in healthy young women. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 31(2), 106-112. https://doi.org/10.1017/neu.2018.34
  • Winterdahl M., Miani A., Vercoe M.J.H., Ciovica A., Uber-Zak L., Rask C.U. & Zak J.P. (2017). Vulnerability to psychogenic non-epileptic seizures is linked to low Neuropeptide Y levels. Stress, 20(6), 589-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10253890.2017.1378638 *[MW and AM first authors]
  • Miani A. (2016). Sexual arousal and rhythmic synchronization: a possible effect of vasopressin. Medical Hypotheses (93), 122-125. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2016.05.030
  • Miani A. & Gretenkort T. (2016). Music and language: towards an integrative model [orig. title: Musik und sprache – vorschlag für ein integratives modell]. TheMA–Open Access Research Journal for Theatre, Music, Arts, 5(1-2), 1-30.
  • Miani A. (2014). Symbolizing iconic indexes: an intentionality-based hypothesis on the emergence of music. Studies About Languages (25), 65-76. http://doi.org/10.5755/j01.sal.0.25.8535

Published - Non peer-reviewed

  • Miani, A. (2016). Sex drugs & rock n’ roll: the neurochemistry of music and love. Semikolon, 29, 21-35.
  • Miani, A. (2016). A language-based approach to music and intertextuality. In G. Pompe, K. B. Hocevar, & N. Sukljan (Eds.), Between Universal and Local: From Modernism to Postmodernism (pp. 267–277). Ljubljana: Peter Lang.
  • Miani, A. (2015). Musical beings: is music an artefact? Semikolon (28), 53-62.



Oral presentation

  • Miani, A. (2019). Detecting conspiratorial attitudes through Natural Language Processing (NLP). Cognitive Science Seminar - Mini symposium: Cognitive biases underlying conspiratorial and populist attitudes, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 28 November 2019.
  • Miani, A. (2019). Neonatal male circumcision and altered socioaffective behavior: What’s next? 16th SPS SGP SSP Conference, Bern, Switzerland, 9-11 September 2019.
  • Miani, A. (2016). The missionary brain hypothesis: a link between copulatory posture and neoteny. 3rd PTNCE Conference, Torun, Poland, 28-30 September 2016.
  • Miani, A. (2015). Towards a semantics of postmodern music: an integrative approach. Between Universal and Local: From Modernism to Postmodernism Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 28-30 September 2015.
  • Miani, A. (2015). Not a monolith: an evolutionary odyssey from ape vocalizations to human music. Protolang Congress, Rome, Italy, 24-26 September 2015.
  • Miani, A. (2015). The social neurochemistry of music as a tool for courtship: cooperation or competition? SysMus 2015, Leipzig, Germany, 17-19 September 2015.
  • Miani, A. (2015). From brainstem to prefrontal cortex: an evolutionary journey along the musical brain. Society for Music Cognition and Perception (SMPC) conference, Nashville, TN, USA 1-5 August 2015.
  • Miani, A. (2015). Music and language: structural and neuroanatomical investigation on twins separated at birth. 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4), Vigo, Spain, 4-6 February 2015.
  • Miani, A. (2014). The semantic nature of musical syntax. 56 Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaften (StuTS), Hamburg, Germany, 20-23 November 2014.
  • Miani, A. (2014). Symbolizing iconic indexes: a semiotic view on the emergence of music. 1st International Congress of Neumanities (ICoN), Kaunas, Lithuania, 2-7 June 2014.

Poster presentation

  • Østergaard H.D., Miani A, Zak J.P. & Winterdahl M. (2018). Impact of Birth Control on Serum Hormones and Psychological Well-being: A preliminary study in young women. Neuroscience day 2018, Aarhus, Denmark, 1st May.
  • Miani, A, Hoppe, J, Højgaard,A, Di Bernardo G.A. & Winterdahl, M. (2017). Understanding long-term effects of infant male circumcision. The Brain Prize meeting 2017, Hindsgavl Castle, Denmark, 1 November.
  • Miani, A, Hoppe, J, Højgaard,A, Zak, P.J. & Winterdahl, M. (2017). Does early stress lead to an enhanced male endocrine configuration? 12th Annual Psychiatry Research Day 2017, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 November.
  • Tønnesen, M., Miani, A., Zak, P.J. & Winterdahl, M. (2017). Neurohormonal profile of religious commitment in women. 12th Annual Psychiatry Research Day 2017, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 November.
  • Miani, A., Pedersen, A.S., Zak, P.J. & Winterdahl, M. (2017). Neuropeptide Y and ACTH as a cheap, fast, and reliable alternative to long-term video EEG for the diagnosis of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Neuroscience day 2017, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May.
  • Miani, A., Pedersen, A.S., Vercoe, M.J.H., Zak, P.J. & Winterdahl, M. (2016). Low neuropeptide Y plasma concentrations and hypocortisolism associated with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Neuroscience day 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, 4 May.
  • Miani, A. (2015). Symbolizing iconic indexes: an evolutionary account for musical meaning. International Conference on Multimodal Experience of Music (ICMEM), Sheffield, United Kingdom, 23-25 March.