The group

Manuela Piazza (Principal Investigator)

Manuela is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the relation between perception and higher-level cognition in the brain. At University of Trento she is Associate Professor, where she teaches both at the Cognitive Science Faculty, and at the Master in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at CIMeC. She is also member of the CIMeC Doctoral School.

Check Google Scholar profile.

Gisella Decarli (Ph.D. Candidate)

The research interest of Gisella is to explore the development of early numerical abilities and the role of these abilities in the acquisition of later mathematical skills. Specifically, her Ph.D. project aims to make further progress in this field by investigating the inter-individual differences during the first years of life - using behavioral techniques - and by analyzing how these differences evolve across development. Complementary to this topic, she is also interested in understanding why some children show specific problems in the domain of maths and calculation (dyscalculia).

Simone Viganò (Ph.D. Candidate) 

Simone is investigating the rise of meaningful categories and their symbolic reference in the human brain, as they are the building-blocks for conceptual knowledge to emerge. His Ph.D. project involves the description of how categorization works in humans, and what is its relationship with symbols and language: by applying cutting edge analysis (MVPa, RSA) to fMRI and MEG data, he tries to describe the spatio-temporal correlates of this fascinating, yet poorly understood, cognitive phenomenon.


Chiara Zanonato (Undergraduate Student)

Chiara joined the lab in October 2016. She is currently working on a visual change detection paradigm adapted for 12-months-old infants to investigate their number sense acuity.


Maria Ravera (Undergraduate Student) 

Maria joined the lab in September 2016. She worked on a behavioral learning paradigm to investigate the rise of categories for multisensory stimuli, and she recently joined the CIMeC Neonatal NeuroImaging Unit to run an EEG experiment to investigate the neural signatures of number sense in newborns.



  • Pedro Pinhero-Chagas (soon Post-doc fellow @ Stanford Medical Scool)
  • Valentina Borghesani (now Post-doc fellow @ UCSF, San Francisco)
  • Serena Melison (Master Student)
  • Qing Cai (now PI @ NYU Shanghai)
  • Lola DeHevia (now PI @ CNRS Paris)
  • Andre Knops (now PI @ Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
  • Alessandro Chinello (now Research Project Coordinator @ Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano)
  • Susanna Revkin (now lecturer @ FH- Campus Wien)