People

Principal Researchers

Giorgio Vallortigara

Giorgio Vallortigara

Neuropsychologist, Full professor at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Trento.

He is interested in the mechanisms underlying the innate predispositions in both animals and humans. At the moment he is focused on the understanding of number cognition in animal species as chicks and fishes (he also wrote several books on the topic) as well in human newborns.

Eugenio Parise

Eugenio Parise

Psychologist, Researcher at University of Trento

His main interests are the biological and cognitive basis of communication in infants. Specifically, he studied the perception of ostensive signals, language development and meaning comprehension, the relationship between words and categorization, Theory of Mind. Mainly he uses neuroscience methods such as EEG and fNIRS.

Manuela Piazza

Manuela Piazza

Neuropsychologist, Full professor at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Trento.

Her main interests are early precursors of symbolic knowledge in human beings, for example language and numerical cognition. She is specialized in studying numerical cognition in newborns, infants with both typical and atypical development, and adults.

Marco Tettamanti

Marco Tettamanti

Neurobiologist, associate professor at the Centre for Mind and Brain Sciences of the University of Trento.

His research investigates the brain functioning of human language and communication, using neuroimaging methods such as magnetic resonance. A particular focus hinges on language development in pre-school and school-age children, and on associated learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

Marta Ghio

Marta Ghio

Psychologist, researcher at the Centre for Mind and Brain Sciences of the University of Trento.

She applies neuroimaging methods such as magnetic resonance and electroencephalography to investigate the neurobiology of language and its development. She is currently involved in a research project on reading learning disorders in pre-school and school-age children.

Technical Menager

Marco Buiatti

Marco Buiatti

Physicist, technical manager of the Neonatal Neuroimaging Unit.

He helps with all the methodological aspects in the EEG studies: experimental design, data collection, signal pre-processing for artifacts removal and development of software for source reconstruction both at the scalp and at the brain level. 

Recently he developed advanced techniques for EEG data analysis with "Frequency-Tagging" paradigm, which are particularly suitable for the neurophysiological features of newborns and for their limited attention.

PhD students

Velu Prabhakar Kumaravel

Velu Prabhakar Kumaravel

PhD student at CIMeC of the University of Trento.

His research is on “Embedded systems design for investigating the neural substrates of core perceptual and cognitive functions in infants”. The goal is to design and develop a portable and wireless EEG using state-of-the-art energy-efficient embedded paradigms and to study the neural predispositions of higher cognitive functions such as face processing in neonates and very young infants.

Elena Eccher

Elena Eccher

PhD student at CIMeC, University of Trento.

Her research project is about the neural bases on early competencies of newborns and infants, focusing specifically on social and numerical skills. At the moment she is investigating the Number-Space Association in infants with both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques as EEG. 

Cristina Cara

Cristina Cara

PhD student at CIMeC, University of Trento.

Her research project investigates the development of language in children by means of behavioral and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. The research is primarily focused on the study of the neurocognitive correlates of developmental dyslexia, with the aim of finding early biomarkers for the longitudinal prediction of such disorder.