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Il ricevimento del 28 gennaio 2020 è anticipato alle 10:00 e terminerà alle 11:50 a causa di un Collegio di Dottorato in Brain Mind and Computer Science con inizio alle 12:00.

Barbara Arfé

Office hours
Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 DPSS, via Venezia 8, Padova. Studio docente, secondo piano. L'orario resta valido sino a fine Febbraio 2020
(updated on 15/10/2019 17:09)

Proposals for thesis
Auditory processes, memory and learning in children with Cochlear implants
Written language disabilities
Spelling in English as a foreign Language
Cognitive-linguistic profiles of children with frontal deficits
Effects of Computational thinking on the cognitive development of the child

Curriculum Vitae
Barbara Arfé is associate professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Disabilities at the Department of Developmental Psychology of the University of Padova. She is head of the LABs (Laboratorio per gli Apprendimenti del Bambino con Sordità) and member of the Educational Psychology Lab and of the Human Inspired Technology Research Centre. Barbara is part of the Editorial Committes of Journals such as Topics in Language Disorders and Culture and Education. Currently she is component of the Commission of the University of Padova for Inclusion and Disabilities and member of the Didactic Committee of the PhD program in Brain, Mind and Computer Science. Her research activity focuses on the impact of hearing loss on children's memory and leanring, the study of writing disorders, and the compensation of frontal deficits in children. She was consultant for the UNESCO project EGWA (Early Grade Writing Assessment) and Principal Investigator for the University of Padova of the European Project TERENCE, FP7. She is now one of the Member of the Steering Committee of the Research Center I-APPROVE: International Auditory Processing Project in Venice- University of Padua Center for Hearing, Speech and Music research in Venice.

Research areas
Auditory processes, memory and learning in children with Cochlear implants
Written language disabilities
Cognitive-linguistic profiles of children with frontal deficits
Effects of Computational thinking on the cognitive development of the child

Selected recent publications

Arfé, B., Vardanega, T., Ronconi, L. (in press) The effects of coding on children’s planning and inhibition skills. Computers and Education. doi:

Arfé, B., Vardanega. T., Montuori, C., & Lavanga, M. (2019). Coding in Primary Grades Boosts Children’s Executive Functions. Frontiers in Psychology, 10: 2713. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02713

Arfé, B., Fastelli, A. (in press). The influence of explicit and implicit memory processes on the spoken-written language learning ofchildren with CIs. The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Learningand Cognition, M. Marschark and H. Knoors (Eds.). Oxford University Press.

Mich, O., Fastelli, A., Armellini, E., & Arfé, B. (2019). Design, implementation and evaluation of SELEDE. A collection of serious games for training sequence learning skills in deaf children. CHItaly proceedings, ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-7190-2.

Arfe, B., Corato, F., Pizzocaro, E., & Merella, A. (2019). The Effects of Script and Orthographic Complexity on the Handwriting and Spelling Performance of Children With Dyslexia. Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi:10.1177/0022219419892845

Dockrell, J., Connelly, V., Arfé, B (2019). Struggling writers In elementary school: capturing drivers of performance. Learning and Instruction, 60, 75-84.

Cona, E., Merella, A. (2018) Implicit training of spelling skills in Italian children with dyslexia. Topics in Language disorders, 38, 299

Arfé, B., Montanaro, M., Mottura, E. , Scaltritti, M., Manara,R., Basso, G., Sainati, L., & Colombatti, R. (2018). Selective difficulties in lexical retrieval and nonverbal executive functioning in children with HbSS sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy005

Scaltritti, M., Arfé, B., Torrance, M., & Peressotti, F. (2016). Typing pictures: Linguistic processing cascades into finger movements. Cognition, 156, 16–29. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.07.006. Q1 in Pscyhology, Experimental, JCR

Arfé, B., Ghiselli,S., & Montino, S. (2016): The written language of children with cochlear implant. Hearing, Balance and Communication, 14, 103-110. doi: 10.1080/21695717.2016.1197619

Arfé, B., Dockrell, J.E., & De Bernardi, B. (2016). The effect of language specific factors on early written composition: the role of spelling, oral language and text generation skills in a shallow orthography. Reading and Writing, 29, 501-527, doi: 10.1007/s11145-015-9617-5.

Arfé, B. (2015). Oral and Written Discourse Skills in Deaf Children: The Role of Reading and Verbal Working Memory. Topics in Language Disorders, 35(2), 180-197.

Arfé, B., Rossi, C., Sicoli, S. (2015). The contribution of verbal working memory to deaf children’s oral and written production . Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20, 203–214. doi:10.1093/deafed/env005.

Sullivan, S., Oakhill, J., Arfé, B., Boureux, M. (2014). Temporal and causal reasoning in deaf and hearing novice readers. Discourse Processes, 51, 426–444.

Arfé, B., Dockrell, J., & Berninger. V.W. (2014). Writing development in children with hearing loss, dyslexia, or oral language problems. NY: Oxford University Press.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS2295 COMMON PSO2043395 9 2nd Year (2019/20) First
PS1090 COMMON PSP8083039 9 1st Year (2019/20) Second
PS1090 COMMON PSO2043577 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second