Personale docente

Irene Cristina Mammarella

Professore associato confermato


Indirizzo: VIA VENEZIA, 8 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498276529


  • Il Giovedi' dalle 10:00 alle 12:00
    presso Dipartimento di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e della Socializzazione
    I ricevimenti si svolgeranno al primo piano del palazzo rosa (psico 1). I ricevimenti del 10 e 17 Gennaio sono annullati. Il ricevimento del 24 Gennaio si terrà dalle 11.00 alle 13.00. Dal 31 Gennaio i ricevimenti si terranno al solito orario (giovedì dalle 10.00 alle 12.00). Per gli studenti che devono ancora svolgere il colloquio per gli scambi Erasmus, contattare la docente via email. Contattare la docente via email:

Associate professor – Developmental Psychology(M-PSI/04)-Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Padova, Italy

December, 2008– November, 2017: Lecturer – Developmental Psychology(M-PSI/04)-Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Padova, Italy

Specific Learning Disorders (Developmental Dyscalculia, Dyslexia); Nonverbal Learning Disability; High functioning autism; visuospatial working memory in developmental disorders; emotional aspects (mathematics anxiety, anxiety) in developmental disorders and in relation to academic achievement

Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Full member of MCLS (Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society)
Full member of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction)
Member of the Executive Committee and of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association for Learning Disabilities Research and Intervention (AIRIPA Society)
Full member of IARLD (International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities)

- Academic Editor for PlosOne and member of the editorial board
- Consulting editor and member of the editorial board of Educational Psychology
- Member of the editorial board of Learning and Individual Differences
- Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
- Ad-hoc reviewer for several international journals: Developmental Science, Learning and Instruction, Plos One, Cognitive Development, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Child Development

- Director of the post lauream (Master) course on Developmental Psychopathology, University of Padova
- Exchange Coordinator of the Erasmus programme between the Faculty of Educational Science, University of Oslo (Norway) and the University of Padova
- Exchange Coordinator of the Erasmus programme between the Department of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK and the University of Padova
- Exchange Coordinator of the Erasmus programme between the Departments of Psychology of the University of Gent (Belgium) and the University of Padova
- Founder of a start-up founded by the University of Padova on learning disabilities (
- Member of the the Ph.D. program in Psychology, University of Padova

University of Gent - Prof. Herbert Roeyers

University of Cambridge - Center for Neuroscience in Education, Dr. Denes Szucs

Liverpool John Moores University - Dr. David Giofrè

Michigan State University (USA) - Prof. Jodene Fine

University of Oslo, Dept. Special Needs Education, Prof. Monica Melby-Lervag

University of Oxford - Dr. Ann Dowker

Download Curriculum_Mammarella.pdf

Mammarella, I.C. Donolato, E. Caviola, S. & Giofrè, D. (2018). Anxiety profiles and protective factors: A latent profile analysis. Personality & Individual Differences, 124, 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.017

Mammarella, I.C. Caviola, S. Giofrè, D. & Szucs, D. (2017). The underlying structure of visuospatial working memory in children with mathematical learning disability. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12202

Caviola, S. Carey, E. Mammarella, I.C. & Szucs, D. (2017). Stress, time pressure, math anxiety and strategy selection in mathematical tasks. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 8, 1488. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01488

Cardillo, R. Basso Garcia, R. Mammarella, I.C. & Cornoldi, C. (2017). Pragmatics of language and theory of mind in children with Dyslexia associated to language difficulties or Nonverbal learning disabilities. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. doi: 10.1080/21622965.2017.1297946

Cardillo, R. Mammarella, I.C. Basso Garcia, R., & Cornoldi, C. (2017). Local and global processing in block design tasks in children with dyslexia or nonverbal learning disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 64, 96-107. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.03.011

Caviola, S. Gerotto, G. & Mammarella, I.C. (2016). Computer-based training for improving mental calculation in third and fifth graders. Acta Psychologica, 171, 118-127.

Hill, F. Mammarella, I.C. Devine, A. Caviola, S. Passolunghi, M. C. & Szucs, D. (2016). Maths anxiety in primary and secondary school students: Gender differences, developmental changes and anxiety specificity. Learning and Individual Differences, 48, 45-53.

Mammarella, I.C. Ghisi, M. Bomba, M. Bottesi, G. Caviola, S. Broggi, F. & Nacinovich, R., (2016). Anxiety and depression in children with Nonverbal learning disabilities, reading disabilities, or typical development. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49, 130-139.

Mammarella, I.C. Hill, F. Devine, A. Caviola, S. & Szucs, D. (2015). Math anxiety and developmental dyscalculia: A study on working memory processes. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37, 878-887.

Caviola, S. Mammarella, I.C. Cornoldi, C. & Lucangeli, D. (2014). Precursors for solving written subtraction problems in second grade schoolchildren. Learning and Individual Differences, 36, 92-100.

Mammarella, I.C. & Cornoldi, C. (2014). An analysis of the criteria used to diagnose children with Non-verbal learning disabilities (NLD). Child Neuropsychology, 20, 255-280.

Giofrè, D. Mammarella, I.C. & Cornoldi, C. (2014). The relationship between geometry, working memory and intelligence in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 123, 112-128.

Mammarella, I.C. Bomba, M. Caviola, S. Broggi, F. Neri, F. Lucangeli, D. & Nacinovich, R. (2013). Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 418-432.

Giofrè, D. Mammarella, I.C. & Cornoldi, C. (2013). The structure of working memory and how it relates to intelligence in children. Intelligence, 41, 396-406.

Mammarella, I.C. Borella, E. Pastore, M. & Pazzaglia, F. (2013). The structure of visuospatial memory in adulthood. Learning and Individual Differences, 25, 99-110.

Caviola, S. Mammarella, I.C. Cornoldi, C. & Lucangeli, D. (2012). The involvement of working memory in children’s exact and approximate mental addition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112, 141-160

Disturbi Specifici dell’Apprendimento
Disturbo Non Verbale
Disturbo Specifico del Calcolo
Memoria di lavoro visuo-spaziale in bambini ed adulti
Autismo ad alto e basso funzionamento ed abilità visuospaziali
Ansia per la matematica
Relazione tra memoria di lavoro, aspetti emotivi e rendimento scolastico

Tesi triennali:
Sviluppo della memoria di lavoro visuospaziale
Disturbi dello spettro dell'autismo ad alto funzionamento
Abilità di calcolo a mente e strategie

Tesi magistrali:
Disturbi dello spettro dell'autismo ad alto funzionamento
Disturbo dell'apprendimento non verbale
Disturbo di attenzione e iperattività (ADHD)
Disturbo del calcolo
Abilità di calcolo a mente e strategie
Sviluppo della memoria di lavoro visuospaziale
Ansia e apprendimenti scolastici
Ansia per la matematica

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Research lines, with some of the specific issues proposed for PhD students:

1. Development of visuospatial working memory.

How different subcomponents of visuospatial working memory (i.e., visual, simultaneous- and sequential-spatial) developed?

2. Emotional aspects related to achievement.

How emotional aspects (such as anxiety) may affect academic achievement in children? Are there age differences?

3. Visuospatial abilities in non-verbal learning disability and high functioning autism

4. Working memory and intelligence in learning disabilities.