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I am a psychologist and researcher in neuroscience interested in numerical cognition and visual perception, currently researcher (RTD-b) at the University of Florence.

My research focuses on visual perception and numerical cognition with psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques.

PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience

University of Florence, Department of Psychology Florence, Italy

Master of Cognitive Neuroscience

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Milan, Italy

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Milan, Italy


Career in pills

I obtained a B.Sc. in Psychological Science and a M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy. In 2011, I started my Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Florence, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. David Burr and Maria Concetta Morrone.
During my PhD, I learned most of the methodology of visual neuroscience, including techniques of functional brain imaging, computer programing, advanced psychophysics, and clinical neuropsychology.
My PhD and subsequent post-doc resulted in publications in various distinct fields of visual science: scene and orientation perception, numerical cognition, vision-restoration in blind patients and brain plasticity. In parallel with the scientific career, I have cultivated my clinical interest with masters and internships on diagnosis and treatments of learning disabilities. In 2016 I moved to Paris and worked as postdoctoral research fellow at Neurospin (Cognitive neuroimaging unit, INSERM) with Dr. Evelyn Eger and Prof. Stanislas Dehaene. There I mastered the use of high-field (7T) imaging for studying numerical cognition and started investigating developmental dyscalculia. In 2018 I came back to the University of Florence and I was awarded first with a postdoctoral fellowship by the Accademia dei Lincei and then with a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to pursue my research on numerical cognition and dyscalculia at the University of Pisa. Since 2021 I have held a researcher position (first one year as RTD-a, currently as RTD-b) at the University of Florence. The ultimate goal of my research is to take advantage of scientific research on brain plasticity and numerical cognition to ameliorate the clinical and educational practice.

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