Laboratory for the Psychology

of Child Development

and Education

Teresa Iuculano (PhD)

Teresa obtained a B.Sc. in Psychobiology (2004) from the University of Trieste, Italy, where she also obtained a M.Sc. in Neuropsychology (2006) with a thesis on numerical abilities in a sample of mono- and di-zygotic twins. In 2007, she started her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, UK, under the supervision of Professor Brian Butterworth. From 2012 to 2017 she was a postdoctoral research fellow and research associate at the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory at Stanford University, US. In 2018, she joined the Developmental Psychology and Child Education Laboratory at the University Paris Descartes, as an associate research professor (chargé de recherché classe normale), CNRS, Ile-de-France. Her research focuses on how the brain successfully develops and learns new information in academically relevant domains, such as mathematics. She integrates neuroscience methods (fMRI, MRI, tDCS) with pedagogical and cognitive models to examine how the unique educational experience of learning to count and perform arithmetic drives changes in brain architecture and function, and how these processes can go awry in those with specific learning disabilities, such as developmental dyscalculia. The ultimate goal of her research is to leverage neuroscience-based knowledge on learning and brain plasticity related to heterogeneity of mathematical skills to foster better teaching practices and learning profiles for vulnerable students, including those with specific learning disabilities, as well as those from low-socio-economic backgrounds.



In press 

Iuculano, T., Padmanabhan, A., Menon, V. (In Press). Systems neuroscience of mathematical cognition and learning: basic organization and neural sources of heterogeneity in typical and atypical development. In: Heterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition, A. Henik & W. Fias (Eds.), Elsevier.


Rosenberg-Lee, M., Iuculano, T., Bae, S.R., Richardson, J., Qin, S., Jolles, D., Menon, V. (In Press). Short-term cognitive training recapitulates hippocampal functional changes associated with one year of longitudinal skill development. Trends in Neuroscience and Education.


Iuculano, T., Menon, V. (2017). Development of Mathematical Reasoning. In: Steven’s Handbook of Experimental Psychology: Developmental and Social Psychology. 4th Edition, Volume Four. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 


Iuculano, T. (2016). Neurocognitive accounts of developmental dyscalculia and its remediation. Progress in Brain Research, 227, 305-333.


Iuculano, T., Rosenberg-Lee, M., Richardson, J., Tenison, C., Fuchs, L., Supekar, K., Menon, V. (2015). Cognitive tutoring induces widespread neuroplasticity and remediates brain function in children with mathematical learning disabilities. Nature Communications, 6:8453. doi:10.1038/ncomms9453.


Supekar, K., Iuculano, T., Chen, L., Menon, V. (2015). Remediation of childhood math anxiety and associated neural circuits through cognitive tutoring. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(36), 12574-12583. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.0786-15.2015.


Iuculano T., Cohen Kadosh R. (2014). Preliminary evidence for performance enhancement following parietal lobe stimulation in Developmental Dyscalculia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:38. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00038.

Iuculano T., Rosenberg-Lee, M., Supekar, K., Lynch, C.J., Khouzam, A., Phillips, J., Uddin, L.Q., Menon, V. (2014). Brain organization underlying superior mathematical abilities in children with autism. Biological Psychiatry, 75(3), 223-30. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.06.018.


Iuculano, T., Cohen Kadosh, R. (2013). The mental cost of cognitive enhancement. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(10), 4482-4486. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.4927-12.2013.


Semenza, C., Bonollo, S., Polli, R., Busana, C., Pignatti, R., Iuculano, T., Maria Laverda, A., Priftis, K., Murgia, A. (2012). Genetics and mathematics: FMR1 premutation female carriers. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3757-3763. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.10.021.

Iuculano, T. (2012). Good and bad at numbers: typical and atypical development of number processing and arithmetic. Doctoral dissertation. UCL (University College London).


Iuculano, T., Butterworth, B. (2011). Understanding the real value of fractions and decimals. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(11), 2088-2098. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2011.604785.

Iuculano, T., Moro, R., Butterworth, B. (2011). Updating working memory and arithmetical attainment in school. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(6), 655-661.

Karolis, V., Iuculano, T., Butterworth, B. (2011). Mapping numerical magnitudes along the right lines: differentiating between scale and bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140(4), 693-706. doi: 10.1037/a0024255.



Cohen Kadosh, R., Soskic, S., Iuculano, T., Kanai, R., Walsh, V. (2010). Modulating neuronal activity produces specific and long-lasting changes in numerical competence. Current Biology, 20, 2016-2020. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.10.007.


Iuculano, T., Tang, J., Hall, C.W., Butterworth, B. (2008). Core information processing deficits in developmental dyscalculia and low numeracy. Developmental Science, 11(5), 669-680. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00716.x.