The Per2Con group

Manuela Piazza (Principal Investigator)

Manuela is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in how the brain supports learning symbols (words, numbers) and more generally 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, defending early 2019)

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. One project consists in estimating inter-individual differences in processing numerosity during the first years of life - using behavioral techniques - and analyzing how these differences evolve across development and are predictive of later simple math skills (longitudinal project). Complementary to this topic, she is also interested in understanding why some children show specific problems in the domain of maths and calculation (dyscalculia). For her PhD thesis she is investigating the two most basic number perception systems (the approximate vs. exact number sense) in dyscalculics to understand to what extent they are both concurrently impaired.

Simone Viganò (Ph.D. Candidate, defending early 2019) 

Simone is primarily interested in learning and memory, and he is currently investigating the cortical mechanisms underlying the emergence of newly learnt conceptual spaces in the brain, using fMRI and TMS. 



Giovanna Lucchini (Master Student) 

Giovanna is working on a project investigating the development of cortical competition between word and face processing during reading aquisition.

Antonio Di Soccio (Master Student) 

For his Master's thesis, Antonio is working on the representation of word spaces in the human brain, using fMRI.

Valerio Rubino (Master Student) 

Valerio is currently spending an internship period on the neural representation of word meaning.

Undergraduate Trainees (2017-2018)

Marlen Gironimi - PROJECT: Symbolic vs. non-symbolic categorical learning
Simone Offer - PROJECT: Cortical competition during reading acquisition
Arianna Cavagna - PROJECT: Cortical competition during reading acquisition

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)