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Tiziana Zalla is a CNRS researcher working in cognitive science and psychopathology at Institut Jean Nicod, affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) at Ecole Normale Supérieure. She studied cognitive psychology and philosophy of Mind at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. She was trained in neuropsychology at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris (1992-1996) and got a PhD in cognitive sciences at CREA-Ecole Polytechnique (1996).
She worked at the Cognitive Neurosciences Section, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda (1997-1999) and at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences in Lyon (1999-2003). 
She currently carries out researches in psychopathology of Asperger Syndrome at the Chenevier-Mondor Psychiatric Hospital in Creteil in collaboration with Marion Leboyer (INSERM U 841). Her main investigations and conceptual works are focused on impairments in social cognition and in particular on moral reasoning and mindreading in autism.

Selected publications

Zalla T, Koechlin E, Pietrini P, Basso G, Aquino P, Grafman J, (2000) Differential Amygdala Responses to Winning and Losing : a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study in Humans, European Journal of Neuroscience, 12 (5), 1764-1770. 

Zalla T, Plassiart C, Pillon B, Grafman J, Sirigu A., (2001) Action Planning in a Virtual Context after Prefrontal Cortex Damage. Neuropsychologia, 39 (8), 759-70.

Zalla T, Posada A, Franck N, Georgieff N, Sirigu A, (2001) A component analysis of action planning processes in schizophrenia : A comparison with patients with frontal lobe damage. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 6 (4), 271-296.

Zalla T, Phipps M, Grafman J (2002) Story Processing in Patients with Damage to the Prefrontal, Cortex, 38, 215-231.

Zalla T., Pradat-Diehl P, Sirigu A. (2003) Perception of Action Boundaries in Patients with Frontal Lobe Damage. Neuropsychologia 41(12) : 1619-27.

Sander D, Zalla T, (2003) The Human Amygdala : an Evolved System for Relevance Detection. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 14, 303-316.

Zalla T, Joyce C, Szoke A, Schurhoff F, Pillon B, Komano O, Perez-Diaz F, Bellivier F, Alter C, Dubois B, Rouillon F, Houde O, Leboyer M (2004) Executive dysfunctions as potential markers of familial vulnerability to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, Psychiatry Research, 121, 207-217.

Zalla T, Verlut I, Franck N, Puzenat D, Sirigu A (2004) Perception of dynamic action in patients with schizophrenia, Psychiatry Research, 128,39-51.

Zalla T, Bouchilloux N, Labruyere N, Georgieff N, Bougerol T, Franck N (2006) Impairment in event sequencing in disorganised and non-disorganised patients with schizophrenia, Brain Research Bulletin, 68(4), 195-202.

Zalla T, Labruyere N, Georgieff N (2006) Goal-directed action representation in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(4), 527-40.

Carriero L, Zalla T, Budai R, Battaglini PP (2007) Inhibition of wrong responses and conflict resolution : an EEG study. Neuroreport 28, 18(8), 793-6.

Zalla T (2007) The Cognitive Role of Phenomenal Consciousness in A Cartography of the Mind (Ed. Marraffa, Ferretti, De Caro), Kluwer.

Zalla T, Stopin A, Ahade S, Sav A-M., Leboyer M., (2009) ‘Faux pas detection and intentional action in asperger syndrome. A replication on a french sample’, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39:373–382.

Zalla T, Sav A-M., Leboyer M., (2009) Reward association Learning and Reversal in individuals with Asperger Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (sous presse).