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Irene Altarelli


Associate professor

Paris Cité University

Irene is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience at Paris Cité 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.


Pasqualotto, A., Cochrane, A., Bavelier, D., & Altarelli, I. (2024). A novel task and methods to evaluate inter-individual variation in audio-visual associative learning, Cognition, 242, 105658.


Pasqualotto, A., Altarelli, I., De Angeli, A., Menestrina, Z., Bavelier, D., & Venuti, P. (2022). Enhancing reading skills through a novel video game mixing action mechanics and cognitive training. Nature Human Behavior, 6, 545-554.

Pasqualotto, A.*, Cochrane, A.*, Bavelier, D., & Altarelli, I. (2021). A novel non-linguistic audio-visual learning paradigm to test the cognitive correlates of learning rate. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43(43).


Liu, T., de Schotten, M. T., Altarelli, I., Ramus, F., & Zhao, J. (2021). Maladaptive compensation of right fusiform gyrus in developmental dyslexia: a hub-based white matter network analysis. Cortex, 145, 57‑66.

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

Altarelli, I., Dehaene-Lambertz, G., & Bavelier, D. (2020). Individual differences in the acquisition of non‐linguistic audio‐visual associations in 5 year olds. Developmental Science, 23(4), e12913.


Feng, X., Altarelli, I., Monzalvo, K., Ding, G., Ramus, F., Shu, H., Dehaene, S., Meng, X., & Dehaene-Lambertz, G. (2020). A universal reading network and its modulation by writing system and reading ability in French and Chinese children. Elife, 9, e54591.


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, 52(6), 3595-3609.

Lou, C., Duan, X., Altarelli, I., Sweeney, J. A., Ramus, F., & Zhao, J. (2019). White matter network connectivity deficits in developmental dyslexia. Human Brain Mapping, 40(2), 505–516.


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).

Ramus, F., Altarelli, I., Jednoróg, K., Zhao, J., & di Covella, L. S. (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., & Jednoróg, 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.

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. 

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