The Per2Con group

Manuela Piazza (Principal Investigator)

Manuela is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in how the brain supports learning symbols (words, numbers) and in particular in the relation between perception and higher-level cognition. She is Associate Professor at the University of Trento, 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.

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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). In particular, I am investigating approximate numerical vs. visuo-spatial skills to investigate to what extent they are both concurrently impaired in dyscalculia

Simone Viganò (Ph.D. Candidate) 

Simone is primarily interested in learning and memory, and he is currently investigating the cortical mechanisms underlying the emergence of meaningful categories in the adult human brain, as they are the building-blocks for conceptual knowledge to emerge. For his Ph.D. project he uses fMRI and TMS, in combination with learning paradigms to describe the neural correlates of categorization and its relationship to symbols.


Chiara Nardelli (Master Student) 

Chiara is working on a project on dyscalculia, testing approximate numerical vs. visuo-spatial skills to investigate to what extent they are both concurrently impaired in dyscalculia

Undergraduate Trainees (2017-2018)

Giulia Sganzerla – PROJECT: Cortical competition during reading acquisition
Samuele Bolotta - PROJECT: Cortical competition during reading acquisition
Martina Zanotto – PROJECT: Number and space processing in dyscalculia
Vittoria Scuderi – PROJECT: Multiple object individuation in infants
Maria Ravera – PROJECT: Neural signature of number processing in newborns


Alumni (ex PhD/Post-Doc)

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