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Chiara Avancini


Chiara is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Denes Szucs in the Centre for Neuroscience in Education. Her project will investigate the influence of anxiety on visual spatial working memory with a focus on mathematical cognition. She will address her research questions using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and its clinical applications as Neurofeedback.

Chiara previously visited the CNE as an intern during 2013-14, investigating the electroencephalography of mental arithmetic in healthy adults, using event-related brain potentials (ERPs). The project was led under the joint supervision of Dr Denes Szucs and Dr Giovanni Galfano. Chiara graduated with her Master's in Clinical Psychology with first class honours from the University of Padova. Between February 2014 and January 2015 she worked on a MEG project under the supervision of Dr Marius Peelen in the Centre for Mind/Brain Science, University of Trento.

Chiara is currently funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust.


  • EEG
  • memory
  • cognitive neuroscience


  • electro-encephalograhy (EEG)
  • psycho-physiology
  • numerical cognition

Key Publications

Avancini, C., Galfano, G., & Szűcs, D. (2014). Dissociation between arithmetic relatedness and distance effects is modulated by task properties: An ERP study comparing explicit vs. implicit arithmetic processing. Biological psychology, 103, 305-316.