Dr. Ilaria Berteletti is an Assistant Professor in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program at Gallaudet University. She is also director of the PEN Distinguished Lecture Series and University Partnerships as well as director of her own laboratory, the Numeracy and Educational Neuroscience Lab (NENS).
Dr. Berteletti's research interests include understanding how children and adults process numerical information. Her research focuses on developmental aspects of numerical and mathematical cognition with an interdisciplinary focus in education and neuroscience. Dr. Berteletti has conducted work relevant to the fields of developmental cognitive and educational sciences, focusing on understanding the development of symbolic numerical representation and the influence of formal knowledge in children from early preschool through elementary school. Using fMRI, Dr. Berteletti has investigated the brain networks involved in mathematical processing (i.e., simple operations) in preteen children as they relate to proficiency, spatial-numerical understanding, and finger representation. She has found that math learning disability appears as either lower engagement or lack of efficiency of key brain areas of quantity processing.
In NENS, Dr. Berteletti will lead investigations using fMRI with the primary goal of understanding the neural changes related to the acquisition of numerical understanding and skill. She wants to further investigate how using fingers for counting and finger representation influence the understanding of numerical concepts and foster the transition to a formal numerical representation. She also will investigate how early exposure to ASL supports numerical development and how math learning disability manifests in Deaf children. By further understanding the neural signatures of proficient numerical skill and math learning disability, and how numerical understanding develops in hearing and Deaf children, she hopes to inform general theoretical developmental models of numerical acquisition, as well as inform in principled ways teaching and training practices in deaf education and remediation intervention that capitalizes on how the brain learns and the resources it has at different developmental time points.
Dr. Berteletti's publications are available at these links:
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