Laboratory for the Psychology

of Child Development

and Education

irene altarelli
irene altarelli


irene altarelli
irene altarelli


Irene Altarelli (PhD)

Irene is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience at Paris University. She studied Biology (University of Pavia, Italy) and Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London, UK). In 2013, she completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, under the supervision of Franck Ramus (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France) and Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz (NeuroSpin, France). She then moved to the University of Geneva (Switzerland), in Daphne Bavelier’s lab, as a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow, and further to NeuroSpin (France).

Her research focuses on inter-individual variability in learning, with a special interest in reading acquisition. The long-term goal of her work is gaining a better understanding of the cognitive and neural factors underlying both effective and impaired learning, in order to develop successful training strategies. In this context, Irene’s investigations comprise behavioural studies as well as anatomical and functional neuro-imaging paradigms, in adult and in children populations.





Altarelli I, Green CS, Bavelier D (2020) “Action video games: from effects on cognition and the brain to potential educational applications”. D. Mareschal, I. Dumontheil & M. Thomas (Eds.), Educational Neuroscience: Development Across the Lifespan. Abingdon, UK: Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis).


Peyre H, Mohanpuria N, Jednoróg K, Heim S, Grande M, van Ermingen-Marbach M, Altarelli I, Monzalvo K, Williams C, Germanaud D, Toro R, Ramus F (2020). Neuroanatomy of dyslexia: an allometric approach. European Journal of Neuroscience.



Altarelli I, Dehaene-Lambertz G, Bavelier D (2019). Individual differences in the acquisition of non-linguistic audio-visual associations in 5 year-olds. Developmental Science, e12913.


Altarelli I, Bavelier D (2019). Les jeux vidéo d’action: des effets sur la cognition et sur le cerveau aux applications potentielles à l’éducation. Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez l'Enfant - Revue francophone (ANAE).

Lou C, Duan X, Altarelli I, Sweeney JA, Ramus F, Zhao J (2019). White matter network connectivity deficits in developmental dyslexia. Human brain mapping, 40(2), 505-516.



Ramus F, Altarelli I, Jednoróg K, Zhao J, di Covella LS (2018) Neuroanatomy of developmental dyslexia: pitfalls and promise. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 84, 434-452.



Płonski P, Gradkowski W, Altarelli I, Monzalvo K, van Ermingen-Marbach M, Grande M, Heim S, Marchewka A, Bogorodzki P, Ramus F, Jednorog K (2017) Multi-Parameter Machine Learning Approach to the Neuroanatomical Basis of Developmental Dyslexia. Human Brain Mapping, 38(2), 900-908.



Vanderauwera J, Altarelli I, Vandermosten M, De Vos A, Wouters J, Ghesquière P (2016) Atypical structural asymmetry of the planum temporale is related to family history of dyslexia. Cerebral Cortex, 28(1), 63-72.


Zhao J, de Schotten MT, Altarelli I, Dubois J, Ramus F (2016) Altered hemispheric lateralization of white matter pathways in developmental dyslexia: evidence from spherical deconvolution tractography. Cortex, 76, 51-62.



Martinaud O, Pouliquen D, Parain D, Goldenberg A, Gérardin E, Hannequin D, Altarelli I, Ramus F, Hertz-Pannier L, Dehaene-Lambertz G, Cohen L (2015) Impaired functional differentiation for categories of objects in the ventral visual stream: A case of developmental visual impairment. Neuropsychologia, 77, 52-61.


Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Altarelli I, Monzalvo K, van Ermingen-Marbach M, Grande M, Grabowska A, Heim S, Ramus F (2015) How reliable are grey matter disruptions in developmental dyslexia? Insights from a large-scale voxel-based morphometry study. Human Brain Mapping, 36(5), 1741-54.



Altarelli I, Leroy F, Monzalvo K, Fluss J, Billard C, Dehaene‐Lambertz G, Galaburda A, Ramus F (2014) Planum temporale asymmetry in developmental dyslexia: revisiting an old question. Human Brain Mapping, 35(12), 5717-35.


Altarelli I, Ramus F (2014) Developmental Dyslexia. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Altarelli I, Monzalvo K, Iannuzzi S, Fluss J, Billard C, Ramus F, Dehaene-Lambertz G (2013) A functionally guided approach to the morphometry of occipito‐temporal regions in developmental dyslexia: evidence for differential effects in boys and girls. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(27), 11296-301.



Jednorog K*, Altarelli I*, Monzalvo K, Fluss J, Dubois J, Billard C, Dehaene-Lambertz G, Ramus F (2012) The influence of socioeconomic status on children’s brain structure. PloS ONE 7(8), e42486. *Equal contributors


McGettigan C, Faulkner A, Altarelli I, Obleser J, Baverstock H, Scott SK (2012) Speech comprehension aided by multiple modalities: behavioural and neural interactions. Neuropsychologia, 50(5), 762-776.