People

Researchers

Giorgio Vallortigara

Giorgio Vallortigara

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.

Moreover he took part in several studies about social cognition in both animals and humans newborns.

Manuela Piazza

Manuela Piazza

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.

Recently she expanded her interest also toward the neural bases of language and semantic

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PhD Student

Velu Prabhakar Kumaravel

Velu Prabhakar Kumaravel

PhD student at CIMeC (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences; Centro Interdipartimentale Mente/Cervello) of the University of Trento on a scholarship funded by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, ICT centre.

He works in the E3DA unit at FBK. His research is on “Embedded systems design for investigating the neural substrates of core perceptual and cognitive functions in infants” with the active collaboration of FBK E3DA, CIMEC and the University of Bologna.

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.

She has always been interested in understanding what is innate in the human mind, for this reason she decided to focus her research interests on newborns’ and infants' mind and brain development.

She learned to use different techniques (EEG, fNIRS and behavioural osservations) and specifically how to apply them with very young subjects.