Melissa Libertus

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Lab

https://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/kitlab/

Education and Training

PhD, Duke University

Research Interests

  • Neural and behavioral basis of numerical cognition
  • Development of quantitative understanding
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Individual differences in math achievement
  • Relationship between working memory, attention, and mathematical abilities
  • Developmental dyscalculia
  • Interventions for math difficulties

Cognitive Neuroscience Community & Family-based Learning Developmental Neuroscience Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Numerical Cognition Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Developmental Processes and Outcomes STEM

Recent Publications

Silver, A. M., Elliott, L., Reynvoet, B., Sasanguie, D., & Libertus, M. E. (2022). Teasing apart the unique contributions of cognitive and affective predictors of math performance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  

Ren, X., Liu, R., Coutanche, M.N., Fiez, J.A., & Libertus, M.E. (2022) Numerical estrangement and integration between symbolic and non-symbolic numerical information: Task-dependence and its link to math abilities in adults. Cognition, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105067.

Ren, X., Liu, R., Coutanche, M.N. ,Fiez, J.A., & Libertus, M.E. (2022). Numerical estrangement and integration between symbolic and non-symbolic numerical information: Task-dependence and its link to math abilities in adults. Cognition.  

Silver, A. M. & Libertus, M. E. (2022). Environmental influences on mathematics performance in early childhood. Nature Reviews Psychology. 

Bachman, H.J., Miller, P.,  Elliott, L.,  Duong, S.,  Libertus, M., & Votruba Drzal, E. (2022)Associations among socioeconomic status and preschool-aged children’s, number skills, and spatial skills: The role of executive function, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,   Volume 221. 

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News and Awards

Melissa Libertus, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the March 2 Institute for Learning's newsletter, answering questions on numeracy and math sense in young children.

March 2, 2021

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Jennifer Russell, Professor, Education, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology were quoted in a February 19 NPR article “Why Kindergarten? Pandemic Disruption Forces Big Questions About U.S. Education System.”

February 19, 2021

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Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, is interviewed for the October 22, 2020, Inverse article "Brain Study Reveals How Much of Math Ability is Genetic." Inverse is a digital media company covering topics such as technology, science, and culture for a millennial audience.

October 22, 2020

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Kudos to Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their research on “Personalizing Family Routines to Support Three-Year-Olds’ Math Skills.”

May 15, 2020

Melissa Libertus has been elected to the board of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society.

January 6, 2020

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Contact

626 MURDC

libertus@pitt.edu

(412) 624-7457

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