The Per2Con people

Manuela Piazza (Principal Investigator)

Manuela is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the relation between basic sensorimotor skills and higher-level language-based cognition and their neural implementation in the human brain. She is Full Professor at the University of Trento. Check Google Scholar profile.

Marie Amalric (Post-Doc)

Marie is a Global Marie-Curie fellow. Marie's research focuses on how the human brain learns, represents, and manipulates abstract mathematical concepts. Her current project looks at the conceptual changes that occur over the course of math education in children and their neuronal underpinnings using a combination of behavioral and fMRI methods. Check Google Scholar profile.

Paula Maldonado (Post-Doc)

Paula's research focuses on how the human brain represents quantities and how it performs mental arithmetics. Her current project, funded by the EUREGIO foundation, uses functional and structural MRI to investigate the functional and structural brain changes occurring when adults learn novel arithmetical operations. Check Google Scholar profile.

Alireza Karami (PhD student) 

Alireza's PhD project, funded by the "Dipartimenti di Eccellenza" grant from the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, is to characterize the spatiotemporal dynamics underlying the emergence of the representation of numerosity in the human brain, using both artificial and natural stimuli. His project involves fMRI-MEG data fusion and computational modelling.

Elena Eccher (PhD student co-supervision with G.Vallortigara)

Elena's PhD project is to investigate the neuro-cognitive bases of the representation of numerosity and the origins of the links between number and space. Her project involves EEG on newborns and infants, as well as behavioural tasks in preschoolers and adults from indigenous oral cultures.


Alumni (ex PhD/Post-Doc)​​

  • Simone Viganò PhD (now Post-Doc @ CIMeC & @ Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, DE)
  • Gisella Decarli PhD (now Post-Doc @ CNRS, Paris, FR)
  • Pedro Pinhero-Chagas PhD (now Assistant Professor @ UCSF, USA)
  • Valentina Borghesani PhD (now Assistant Professor @ University of Geneva, CH)
  • Qing Cai Post-Doc (now Professor @ NYU Shanghai, PRC)
  • Lola DeHevia Post-Doc (now Senior Researcher @ CNRS Paris, FR)
  • Andre Knops Post-Doc (now Senior Researcher @ CNRS Paris, FR)
  • Alessandro Chinello PhD (now Neuropsychologist @ Ospedale Policlinico, Milano, IT)
  • Susanna Revkin PhD (now Clinical Psychologist @ Praxisgemeinschaft Salvatorgasse Wien, A)

Masters and Trainees

Masters: Carlos Vicente Esteves, Sangyeob Baek, Riccardo Bonafini
Trainees: Tommaso Ballarini, Federico Graziani, Margherita Zocca, Giulia Vigna, Letizia Volpi
Masters: Anna Burato, Cecilia Comoli
Trainees: Rebecca Barbieri
Masters: Donatella Zingaro, Valerio Rubino
Trainees: Jessee Sagoe, Samantha Sartin, Chiara Di Domenico
Masters: Giovanna Lucchini, Antonio DiSoccio
Trainees: Marlen Gironimi, Simone Offer, Arianna Cavagna
Masters: Elena Eccher, Silvia Collazuol, Chiara Nardelli
Trainees: Giulia Sganzerla, Samuele Bolotta, Martina Zanotto, Vittoria Scuderi, Maria Ravera