Welcome to the Perception to Concepts Group!

At the Per2Con Group we are interested in how the human brain learns and organizes in memory abstract representations of concepts, and in the relation between basic sensorimotor skills and high level cognition. We try to understand which aspects of perception and action act as fundamental building blocks for the development and acquisition of concepts. On the other side we study how language and symbolic acquisitions in turn shape perception.

We mainly study human adults at the Experimental Psychology Labs and the NeuroImaging Labs @CIMeC, combining psychophysics with neuroimaging (fMRI, M-EEG).

We also study children with different cognitive/perceptual skills (e.g. comparing dyscalculics and/or dyslexics and typically developing) and infants from the first hours of life at the BabyLab and Neonatal Neuroimaging Unit @CIMeC, using experimental psychology methods as well as neuroimaging (EEG).

We also have the privilege to perform field work investigating the effects of culture on cognitive/perceptual skills, studying adults and children from amazonian and african indigenous traditional oral cultures.

Our research spans over two main areas: language and maths.