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James-Brabham, E, Jay, T, Sella, F (2024) No evidence that playing a linear number board game improves numerical skills beyond teaching as usual: A randomized controlled trial in 4- to 5-year-old primary school children, Journal of Educational Psychology, 116(3), pp.411-425, ISSN: 0022-0663. DOI: 10.1037/edu0000857.

Devlin, D, Moeller, K, Xenidou-Dervou, I, Reynvoet, B, Sella, F (2023) Concepts of order: why is ordinality processed slower and less accurately for non-consecutive sequences?, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN: 1747-0218. DOI: 10.1177/17470218231220912.

James‐Brabham, E, Loveridge, T, Sella, F, Wakeling, P, Carroll, DJ, Blakey, E (2023) How do socioeconomic attainment gaps in early mathematical ability arise?, Child Development, 94(6), pp.1550-1565, ISSN: 0009-3920. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13947.

Zacharopoulos, G, Sella, F, Emir, U, Cohen Kadosh, R (2023) Dissecting the chain of information processing and its interplay with neurochemicals and fluid intelligence across development, eLife, 12, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.84086.

van Bueren, NER, van der Ven, SHG, Hochman, S, Sella, F, Kadosh, RC (2023) Human neuronal excitation/inhibition balance explains and predicts neurostimulation induced learning benefits, PLoS Biology, 21(8), e3002193, ISSN: 1544-9173. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3002193.

Foulkes, M, Sella, F, Wege, T, Gilmore, C (2023) The effects of concreteness on mathematical manipulative choice, Mind, Brain, and Education, 17(3), pp.185-196, ISSN: 1751-2271. DOI: 10.1111/mbe.12374.

Lunardon, M, Decarli, G, Sella, F, Lanfranchi, S, Gerola, S, Cossu, G, Zorzi, M (2023) Low discriminative power of WISC cognitive profile in developmental dyscalculia, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 136, 104478, ISSN: 0891-4222. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2023.104478.

Dubinkina, N, Sella, F, Vanbecelaere, S, Reynvoet, B (2023) Symbolic number ordering strategies and math anxiety, Cognition and Emotion, 37(3), pp.439-452, ISSN: 0269-9931. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2023.2175795.

Decarli, G, Sella, F, Lanfranchi, S, Gerotto, G, Gerola, S, Cossu, G, Zorzi, M (2022) Severe developmental dyscalculia is characterized by core deficits in both symbolic and nonsymbolic number sense, Psychological Science, 34(1), pp.8-21, ISSN: 0956-7976. DOI: 10.1177/09567976221097947.

Devlin, D, Moeller, K, Reynvoet, B, Sella, F (2022) A critical review of number order judgements and arithmetic: What do order verification tasks actually measure?, Cognitive Development, 64, 101262, ISSN: 0885-2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2022.101262.

Lanfranchi, S, Sella, F, Onnivello, S, Lunardon, M, Zorzi, M (2022) Number estimation in Down syndrome: Cognition or experience?, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 131, 104363, ISSN: 0891-4222. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2022.104363.

Sarkar, A, Nithyanand, D, Sella, F, Sarkar, R, Mäkelä, I, Kadosh, RC, Elliot, AJ, Thompson, JM (2022) Knowledge of wealth shapes social impressions, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 28(1), pp.205-236, ISSN: 1076-898X. DOI: 10.1037/xap0000304.

Devlin, D, Moeller, K, Sella, F (2022) The structure of early numeracy: evidence from multi-factorial models, Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 26, 100171, ISSN: 2211-9493. DOI: 10.1016/j.tine.2022.100171.

Zacharopoulos, G, Sella, F, Kadosh, KC, Emir, U, Kadosh, RC (2021) The effect of parietal Glutamate/GABA balance on test anxiety levels in early childhood in a cross-sectional and longitudinal study, Cerebral Cortex, 32(15), pp.3243-3253, ISSN: 1047-3211. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhab412.

Zacharopoulos, G, Sella, F, Emir, U, Kadosh, RC (2021) The relation between parietal GABA concentration and numerical skills, Scientific Reports, 11(1), 17656, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-95370-3.

Sella, F, Slusser, E, Odic, D, Krajcsi, A (2021) The emergence of children’s natural number concepts: Current theoretical challenges, Child Development Perspectives, cdep.12428, ISSN: 1750-8592. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12428.

Zacharopoulos, G, Sella, F, Kadosh, KC, Hartwright, C, Emir, U, Kadosh, RC (2021) Predicting learning and achievement using GABA and glutamate concentrations in human development, PLoS Biology, 19(7), e3001325, ISSN: 1544-9173. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001325.

Sella, F, Raz, G, Kadosh, RC (2021) When randomisation is not good enough: Matching groups in intervention studies, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 28(6), pp.2085-2093, ISSN: 1069-9384. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-021-01970-5.

Zacharopoulos, G, Sella, F, Kadosh, RC (2021) The impact of a lack of mathematical education on brain development and future attainment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA (PNAS), 118(24), e2013155118, ISSN: 0027-8424. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2013155118.

Dubinkina, N, Sella, F, Reynvoet, B (2021) Symbolic number ordering and its underlying strategies examined through self-reports, Journal of Cognition, 4(1), 25, DOI: 10.5334/joc.157.

Lanfranchi, S, Onnivello, S, Lunardon, M, Sella, F, Zorzi, M (2021) Parent-based training of basic number skills in children with Down syndrome using an adaptive computer game, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 112, 103919, ISSN: 0891-4222. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2021.103919.

Sella, F, Onnivello, S, Lunardon, M, Lanfranchi, S, Zorzi, M (2021) Training basic numerical skills in children with Down syndrome using the computerized game “The Number Race”, Scientific Reports, 11, 2087, ISSN: 2045-2322. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-78801-5.

Sella, F, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2020) The interplay between spatial ordinal knowledge, linearity of number-space mapping, and arithmetic skills, Cognitive Development, 55(July - September 2020), 100915, ISSN: 0885-2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2020.100915.

Sella, F, Sasanguie, D, Reynvoet, B (2020) Judging the order of numbers relies on familiarity rather than activating the mental number line, Acta Psychologica, 204, ISSN: 0001-6918. DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103014.

Sheffield, JG, Raz, G, Sella, F, Kadosh, RC (2020) How can noise alter neurophysiology in order to improve human behaviour? A combined tRNS and EEG study, DOI: 10.1101/2020.01.09.900118.

Sella, F, Lucangeli, D, Cohen Kadosh, R, Zorzi, M (2019) Making Sense of Number Words and Arabic Digits: Does Order Count More?, Child Development, ISSN: 0009-3920. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13335.

Sella, F and Lucangeli, D (2019) The knowledge of the preceding number reveals a mature understanding of the number sequence, Cognition, 194, 104104, ISSN: 0010-0277. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104104.

Sella, F, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2019) Spatial order relates to the exact numerical magnitude of digits in young children, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 178, pp.385-404, ISSN: 0022-0965. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2018.09.001.

Sella, F, Re, AM, Lucangeli, D, Cornoldi, C, Lemaire, P (2018) Strategy Selection in ADHD Characteristics Children: A Study in Arithmetic, Journal of Attention Disorders, 23(1), pp.87-98, ISSN: 1087-0547. DOI: 10.1177/1087054712438766.

Sella, F and Cohen Kadosh, R (2018) What Expertise Can Tell About Mathematical Learning and Cognition, Mind, Brain, and Education, 12(4), pp.186-192, ISSN: 1751-2271. DOI: 10.1111/mbe.12179.

Hartwright, CE, Looi, CY, Sella, F, Inuggi, A, Santos, FH, González-Salinas, C, García Santos, JM, Kadosh, RC, Fuentes, LJ (2018) Erratum to: The Neurocognitive Architecture of Individual Differences in Math Anxiety in Typical Children (Scientific Reports, (2018), 8, 1, (8500), 10.1038/s41598-018-26912-5), Scientific Reports, 8(1), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-28762-7.

Hartwright, CE, Looi, CY, Sella, F, Inuggi, A, Santos, FH, González-Salinas, C, Santos, JMG, Kadosh, RC, Fuentes, LJ (2018) The Neurocognitive Architecture of Individual Differences in Math Anxiety in Typical Children, Scientific Reports, 8(1), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26912-5.

Brem, AK, Almquist, JNF, Mansfield, K, Plessow, F, Sella, F, Santarnecchi, E, Orhan, U, McKanna, J, Pavel, M, Mathan, S, Yeung, N, Pascual-Leone, A, Kadosh, RC, Dillard, M, Kimball, G, Myers, E, Erdogmus, D (2018) Modulating fluid intelligence performance through combined cognitive training and brain stimulation, Neuropsychologia, 118, pp.107-114, ISSN: 0028-3932. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.04.008.

Sella, F, Blakey, R, Bang, D, Bahrami, B, Cohen Kadosh, R (2018) Who gains more: Experts or novices? The benefits of interaction under numerical uncertainty, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(8), pp.1228-1239, ISSN: 0096-1523. DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000526.

Sella, F, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2018) Spatial and verbal routes to number comparison in young children, Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY), DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00776.

Zich, C, Harty, S, Kranczioch, C, Mansfield, KL, Sella, F, Debener, S, Cohen Kadosh, R (2017) Modulating hemispheric lateralization by brain stimulation yields gain in mental and physical activity, Scientific Reports, 7(1), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13795-1.

Looi, CY, Lim, J, Sella, F, Lolliot, S, Duta, M, Avramenko, AA, Kadosh, RC (2017) Transcranial random noise stimulation and cognitive training to improve learning and cognition of the atypically developing brain: A pilot study, Scientific Reports, 7(1), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04649-x.

Sella, F, Tressoldi, P, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2017) Erratum: Training numerical skills with the adaptive videogame “The Number Race”: A randomized controlled trial on preschoolers (Trends in Neuroscience and Education (2016) 5(1) (20–29) (S2211949316300035) (10.1016/j.tine.2016.02.002), Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 7, p.11, ISSN: 2211-9493. DOI: 10.1016/j.tine.2017.07.001.

Cohen Kadosh, R and Sella, F (2017) Commentary: Connecting Social and Cognitive Embodiment: A New Way to Tailor Educational Programs?, American Educational Research Journal, 54(1_suppl), pp.368S-372S, ISSN: 0002-8312. DOI: 10.3102/0002831216682616.

Harty, S, Sella, F, Cohen Kadosh, R (2017) Transcranial electrical stimulation and behavioral change: The intermediary influence of the brain, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00112.

Harty, S, Sella, F, Cohen Kadosh, R (2017) Mind the Brain: The Mediating and Moderating Role of Neurophysiology, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21(1), pp.2-5, ISSN: 1364-6613. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.11.002.

Sella, F, Berteletti, I, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2016) Preschool children use space, rather than counting, to infer the numerical magnitude of digits: Evidence for a spatial mapping principle, Cognition, 158, pp.56-67, ISSN: 0010-0277. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.10.010.

Sella, F, Sader, E, Lolliot, S, Cohen Kadosh, R (2016) Basic and advanced numerical performances relate to mathematical expertise but are fully mediated by visuospatial skills, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 42(9), pp.1458-1472, ISSN: 0278-7393. DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000249.

Sella, F, Tressoldi, P, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2016) Training numerical skills with the adaptive videogame "The Number Race": A randomized controlled trial on preschoolers, Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 5(1), pp.20-29, ISSN: 2211-9493. DOI: 10.1016/j.tine.2016.02.002.

Hartwright, CE and Sella, F (2016) Forecasting longitudinal growth in children’s numerical abilities, Journal of Neuroscience, 36(3), pp.646-648, ISSN: 0270-6474. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3803-15.2016.

Sella, F, Berteletti, I, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2015) Varieties of quantity estimation in children, Developmental Psychology, 51(6), pp.758-770, ISSN: 0012-1649. DOI: 10.1037/a0039183.

Sella, F, Berteletti, I, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M (2015) Spontaneous non-verbal counting in toddlers, Developmental Science, 19(2), pp.329-337, ISSN: 1363-755X. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12299.

Sella, F, Bonato, M, Cutini, S, Umiltà, C (2013) Living on the edge: Strategic and instructed slowing in the stop signal task, Psychological Research, 77(2), pp.204-210, ISSN: 0340-0727. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-012-0419-y.

Tressoldi, PE, Giofré, D, Sella, F, Cumming, G (2013) High Impact = High Statistical Standards? Not Necessarily So, PLoS ONE, 8(2), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056180.

Sella, F, Lanfranchi, S, Zorzi, M (2013) Enumeration skills in Down syndrome, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(11), pp.3798-3806, ISSN: 0891-4222. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.07.038.

Tressoldi, PE, Sella, F, Coltheart, M, Umiltà, C (2012) Using functional neuroimaging to test theories of cognition: A selective survey of studies from 2007 to 2011 as a contribution to the Decade of the Mind Initiative, Cortex, 48(9), pp.1247-1250, ISSN: 0010-9452. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.05.024.

Bonato, M, Sella, F, Berteletti, I, Umiltà, C (2012) Neuropsychology is nothing without control: A potential fallacy hidden in clinical studies, Cortex, 48(3), pp.353-355, ISSN: 0010-9452. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.06.017.

Cornoldi, C, Del Prete, F, Gallani, A, Sella, F, Re, AM (2010) Components affecting expressive writing in typical and disabled writers, Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, 23, pp.269-286, ISSN: 0735-004X. DOI: 10.1108/S0735-004X(2010)0000023012.


Perini, N, Porru, A, Moeller, K, Jay, T, Sella, F (2023) Number Express: A Digital Game to Improve Early Numeracy. In , Proceedings of the European Conference on Games-based Learning, pp.515-522, ISBN: 9781914587887.

Sella, F and Kadosh, RC (2018) The link between visuospatial abilities and mathematical abilities. In , COGNITIVE PROCESSING, pp.S11-S11.


Lunardon, M, Lucangeli, D, Zorzi, M, Sella, F (2023) Math computerized games in the classroom: a number line training in primary school children. In Santos, FH (ed) Game-Based Learning in Education and Health - Part A, Elsevier, pp.1-33, ISBN: 9780323994583. DOI: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2022.11.001.

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