Venera Gashaj is a Swiss-Albanian numerical cognition researcher, working at the intersection of embodied cognition and the development of basic numerical skills. Her PhD project, at the University of Bern, Switzerland, investigated the relationship between mathematics and motor skills longitudinally in children during the transition from kindergarten to second grade. As a postdoctoral scholar, in collaboration with neuroscientists at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, she researched whole brain dynamics in children related to mathematical development. She then went back to Switzerland, and worked at ETH Zürich on embodiment of physics and mathematics, as well as the impact of math anxiety on elite STEM students. Presently, in collaboration with Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, Venera is investigating, using behavioral and neuroimaging signatures, how a math prodigy processes basic numerical tasks.
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