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					                                 MANUELA PIAZZA
                        DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH: 29-12-1971 Piacenza, Italy
                                    NATIONALITY: Italian
                            STATUS: married, 2 children (2003, 2008)

2003: PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College
London, UK. Advisors: Prof. B. Butterworth and Dr. C. Price.

2002: European Diploma in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. The Max Planck-Institute for
Psychological Research, München, Germany.

1997: Laurea (BSc) in Experimental Psychology (grade: 110/110 Summa cum Laude). University of
Padova, Italy. Advisors: Prof. C. Umilta' and B. Butterworth.

                                    RESEARCH POSITIONS
2007-present: Ricercatore
Faculty of Cognitive Science. University of Trento, Italy. CIMeC (Center for Mind/Brain sciences),
Director: A. Caramazza.

2005-present: Research collaborator
Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, INSERM (French national institute for medical research), France.
Director : S. Dehaene.

2003-2005: Post-Doctoral Fellow (European Marie Curie Individual Fellow).
Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, INSERM, Orsay, France.
Director : S. Dehaene.

Editorial responsibilities:
- Editorial board: Cognitive Neuropsychology. 2007-present.
- Ad-hoc reviewer for scientific journals:
Current Biology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex,
NeuroImage, Cognition, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology:HPP,
Animal Cognition, Cortex, Laterality, Neuropsychology, Neuropsychologia, Perception &
Psychophysics, Vision research, Journal of Vision, PLoSOne.

Project evaluation board:
- Ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Science Engineering Research Council of Canada.
- External examiner in 4 PhD thesis defence (Department of Psychology, University of Szeged,
Hungary; Dipartimento di Psicologia, University of Padova, Italy; Departement of Psychology,
University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium).

Clinical activity:
- Consulting in preparing a computer-based Educational and Rehabilitational Game for calculation
(“The number catcher”). Paris, 2011.
- Consulting in preparing a test for diagnosis of developmental dyscalculia (“Dyscalculia Screener”, by
B. Butterworth, nferNelson Publisher). London, UK. 2000.
Popularization of scientific results:
- Articles on Italian newspapers (La Stampa)
- TV and radio programs (« Le magazine de la santé » di France3, « Icarus », in France;
« radio3scienza » in Italy).
- Creation of a web-site on synaesthesia (
- Installation of three experiments for visitors at the science museum in Bristol (UK) (“science@bristol
science museum”) on basic number abilities.

                                       ACADEMIC ACTIVITY
- 48 hours for Undergraduate school of the Cognitive Science Faculty, University of Trento, Italy. 2009-
- 8 hours for PhD school of the Center for Mind/Brain sciences, University of Trento, Italy. 2007-2009.
- 8 hours for Master in Cognitive Science (Cogmaster), Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France,

Student-Post-Doc mentoring:
- 4 Post-Doc
   - Lola DeHevia: ”The relationship between number and space: fMRI/behavior”. 2011-present.
   - Quing Cai: ”The development of the parietal mosaic and its relation to math achievement:
fMRI/DTI/behaviour”. 2011- present.
   - Michael Andres: ”The relationship between number and finger representations in the intraparietal
cortex: fMRI/TMS”. 2008-2009.
   - Andre Knops: “Parietal cortex saliency map underlying subitizing and visuo-spatial working
memory: fMRI”. 2009-2010.
- 2 PhD:
  1 CIMeC doctoral school
    - A. Chinello: “The development of numerical abilities in relation to other parietal functions: cross-
    sectional and longitudinal behavioral studies”. 2007-2010.
  1 INSERM (co-tutoring)
    - S.K. Revkin: ”The relation between subitizing and numerical estimation: studies with
    neuropsychological patients and healthy human adults”. 2005-2008.
- 7 Master students

2010-2012:      Research funding from Marie Curie (Post-Doc, 2 years)
2010-2012:      Research funding from Fondation de France (Post-Doc, 2 years)
2009-2010:      Research funding from IPRASE Trentino (Post-Doc1 year)
2003-2005:      Post-Doc Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (2 years)
2001-2002:      Fellowship for the European Diploma in Cognitive and Brain Sciences (2 years).
1999-2000:      Scholarship for PhD from the Graduate School. University College London (UK) (1
1998-1999:      Scholarship for studying abroad from the Universita’ La Sapienza (Roma) (1 year)
1997:           Prize “Marco Davi” for the best Master thesis in Experimental Psychology from the
                University of Padova.
1996:           Erasmus Scholarship di 9 months at University College London (UK).

M.Piazza (2010) “Neurocognitive start-up tools for symbolic number representations”. Trends in
Cognitive Science, 14(12): 542-551.

M. Piazza, A. Facoetti, A.N. Trussardi, I. Berteletti, S. Conte, D. Lucangeli, S.Dehaene, and M. Zorzi
(2010) ” Developmental trajectory of number acuity reveals a severe impairment in developmental
dyscalculia”. Cognition, 116(1): 33-41.

I. Berteletti, D. Lucangeli, M. Piazza, S. Dehaene, ad M. Zorzi (2010) “Numerical representations in
preschoolers”. Developmental Psychology, 46(2): 545-551.

M. Piazza and V. Izard (2009) “What is an (abstract) neural representation of quantity?. Behavioral
and Brain Sciences, 32 : 348-349.

M. Ranzini, S. Dehaene, M. Piazza, and E. Hubbard (2009) “Neural mechanisms of attentional shifts
due to irrelevant spatial and numerical cues”. Neuropsychologia, 47(12): 2615-2624.

E.M. Hubbard, M Ranzini, M. Piazza, and S. Dehaene (2009) “What information is critical to elicit
interference in number-form synaesthesia?”. Cortex, 45(10): 1200-1216.

M. Piazza & V. Izard. (2009) “How humans count: numerosity and the parietal cortex”. The
Neuroscientist. 15(3):261-73.

S.K. Revkin, M. Piazza, V. Izard, L. Zamarian; E. Karner, and M. Delazer (2008). “Verbal numerosity
estimation deficit in the context of spared semantic representation of numbers: A neuropsychological
study of a patient with frontal lesions”. Neuropsychologia, 46(10), 2459-2471.

S.K. Revkin, M. Piazza, V. Izard, L. Cohen, and S. Dehaene (2008). “Does subitizing reflect numerical
estimation?”. Psychological Science, 19(6), 606-613.

M. Piazza, P.Pinel, D. LeBihan, and S. Dehaene (2007). “A magnitude code common to numerosity
and number symbols in human intraparietal cortex”. Neuron. 53(2), 293-305.

M. Piazza, A. Mechelli, C. Price, and B. Butterworth (2006). “Exact and approximate judgments of
visual and auditory numerosity: an fMRI study”. Brain Research, 1106(1), 177-188.

M. Piazza, P. Pinel, and S. Dehaene (2006). “Objective correlates of an unusual subjective
experience: a single-case study of number-form synaesthesia”. Cognitive Neuropsychology. 23(8):

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