The course aims at offering knowledge in the field of psycho- and neurolinguistic studies applied to the pragmatic aspects of the communicative competence. Specifically, the course aims at offering knowledge about the processes at stake in human communication, their neural basis and their disruption in pathological conditions. The course is targeted for students with specific interests in psychology and cognitive neuroscience of language, as well as for students who wish to acquire greater awareness of the role of communicative competence in relation to other cognitive functions. After completing this course, the student will be able to: ▪ recognize the main pragmatic processes, such as conversational rules and inferring of implicit meanings; ▪ describe the cognitive architecture of pragmatics, especially the relation with the faculty of language and with theory of mind; ▪ know the neural correlates of pragmatic processes, as they emerge from neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies; ▪ know the main symptoms of pragmatic language disorder and the most affected conditions; ▪ be familiar with the main experimental tasks and neuropsychological tests to assess pragmatic competence.