Serena Dolfi

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Serena Dolfi


Ph.D. Student

Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization
University of Padova
via Venezia 12/2
35131 Padova (Italy)

tel : +39 049 827 6941
fax: +39 049 827 6600
e-mail: serena.dolfi(at)
office: room P13 (ground floor), Building Psico2


Research Interests

My main interest is the study of the cognitive processes involved in numerical understanding and
manipulation, with a combination of behavioral and computational techniques. Specifically, my research
focuses on the investigation of the mechanisms of numerosity perception and their relation to non-
numerical quantities, as well as the simulation of similar processes. I am now planning to study the nature
of the numerical representation at the neural level, with functional neuroimaging techniques (e.g. fNIRS). I
am also involved in the study of early numerical competences and the acquisition of mathematical abilities
both in typical and atypical development.

Laurea (M.Sc.), Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology (2018)

Representative publications

  • Testolin, A., Dolfi, S., Rochus, M., & Zorzi, M. (2019). Perception of visual numerosity in humans and machines. arXiv preprint arXiv:1907.06996.