Personale docente

Marco Zorzi

Professore ordinario


Indirizzo: VIA VENEZIA, 8 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498276618


  • Il Mercoledi' dalle 9:30 alle 11:00
    presso Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, sede di Via Venezia 12 (piano terra edificio PSICO 2)
    Si prega di prendere un appuntamento via email. Il 7 giugno il ricevimento é spostato alle 11:30 causa esami.

Full Professor (Psychology and Artificial Intelligence), University of Padova (Italy)
Senior Research Associate, IRCCS San Camillo Neurorehabilitation Hospital, Venice-Lido (Italy)

Laurea (MSc) in Experimental Psychology, University of Padova, Padova (Italy), 1994.
European Diploma in Cognitive Science, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste (Italy), 1997.
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, 1999.

• Research Fellow, University College London (UK), 1994-1998.
• Visiting Scientist, Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), 1998.
• Research Fellow, University of Padova, 1999-2000.
• Assistant Professor, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, 2000-2001
• Associate Professor, University of Padova, 2001-2006
• Full Professor, University of Padova, since 1/12/2006
• Invited Visiting Professor, Aix-Marseille University (France), 2011
• Director, Center for Cognitive Science, University of Padova, 2008-2012

ERC laureate (2008, Starting Grant for Frontier Research from the European Research Council)
Best PhD Thesis in Psychology Award (1999) from the Italian Psychological Association (AIP)
Principal investigator in many projects funded by public and private bodies (European Commission, European Research Council, McDonnell Foundation USA, Italian Ministry of Research, Cariparo Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation; Wellcome Trust, UK; Royal Society of London, UK).

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Cutini, S., Scarpa, F., Scatturin, P., Dell’Acqua, R. & Zorzi, M. (2014). Number-space interactions in the human parietal cortex: Enlightening the SNARC effect with functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Cerebral Cortex, 24(2), 444-451.

Ziegler, JC., Perry, C., & Zorzi M. (2014). Modelling reading development through phonological decoding and self-teaching: implications for dyslexia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1634), 20120397.

Zorzi, M., Barbiero, C., Facoetti, A., Lonciari, I., Carrozzi, M., Montico, M., Bravar, L., et al. (2012). Extra-large letter spacing improves reading in dyslexia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(28), 11455-9.

Stoianov, I., & Zorzi, M. (2012). Emergence of a “visual number sense” in hierarchical generative models. Nature neuroscience, 15(2), 194-6.

Casarotti, M., Lisi, M., Umiltà, C., & Zorzi, M. (2012). Paying attention throgh eye movements: A computational investigation of the premotor theory of spatial attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 14, 1519-1531.

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

Bonato, M., Priftis, K., Marenzi, R., Umiltà, C., & Zorzi, M. (2010). Increased attentional demands impair contralesional space awareness following stroke. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3934-3940.

Perry, C., Ziegler, J.C., & Zorzi, M. (2007). Nested incremental modeling in the development of computational theories: The CDP+ model of reading aloud. Psychological Review, 114, 273-315.

Zorzi M., Priftis, K., & Umilta` C. (2002). Neglect disrupts the mental number line. Nature, 417,138-139.

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Le ricerche nel mio laboratorio sono rivolte allo studio delle basi neuro-computazionali delle funzioni cognitive nella normalità e nella patologia. Metodi: simulazione con modelli computazionali, neuropsicologia, neuroimmagine funzionale, psicologia sperimentale. Principali temi: cognizione numerica, attenzione e rappresentazione dello spazio, lettura e dislessia.
Per maggiori informazioni consultare il sito web del Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (

Research in my laboratory (Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, is focused on the study of the computational bases of cognition, from development to skilled performance and to breakdowns of processing in atypical development or after brain damage. To address these issues we use a cognitive neuroscience approach that combines several methodologies, including computational modeling, behavioral studies (reaction times and psychophysics), neuropsychology, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI, fNIRS, EEG). Main themes: numeracy and number processing, reading and dyslexia, attention and spatial cognition.

Argomenti di tesi:
- Cognizione numerica, percezione della numerosità, discalculia
- Attenzione spaziale nella visione e nei processi cognitivi, neuropsicologia dell'attenzione
- Processi di lettura, riconoscimento di parole scritte, dislessia

- Psicologia Sperimentale/Cognitiva
- Modellistica computazionale (solo Laurea Magistrale o Dottorato)
- Neuropsicologia (cerebrolesione o disturbi dell'apprendimento) (solo Laurea Magistrale o Dottorato)
- Neuroimmagine funzionale (fNIRS, fMRI, EEG) (solo Laurea Magistrale o Dottorato)
- Neurostimolazione e training cognitivo (solo Laurea Magistrale o Dottorato)

Per maggiori informazioni consultare il sito web del laboratorio:
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (

Lab website (Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab)
Google Scholar page with full list of publications:
Profile on ResearchGate:

Information for perspective PhD students (Doctoral School of Psychological Sciences)

Possible research topics for PhD under my supervision include (but are not limited to):
- Cognitive modeling: deep learning models of perception and cognition
- Computational neuroscience: brain networks and resting-state activity in health and disease
- Numerical cognition (all methods and/or populations, including children and patients)
- Novel diagnostic and neurorehabilitation methods for neurological diseases