Pierre Pica, Ph.D

Paris VIII University; CNRS, Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France 
linguistics, behavioral psychology

Pierre Pica (born January 5, 1951), is a research associate (Chargé de Recherche) at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. Associated Professor with the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, he is a specialist in theoretical linguistics and more specifically of comparative syntax.

Dr. Pica has concentrated his research on the notion of parameters in linguistic. He has also shown that the respective properties of reflexive pronouns could be derived from their morphological properties. He is currently studying the distinction between the internal and external aspects of the Faculty of language and is also working on a fine grained distinction between competence and linguistic performance.

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Noam Chomsky research assistant 1986- MIT; Harvard (LinguisTree)
Susan Carey research scientist Harvard University - Psychology Department (Neurotree)
Jerry A. Fodor research scientist Rutgers, New Brunswick (LinguisTree)
Charles Randy Gallistel research scientist MIT (Neurotree)


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J Rooryck research scientist Université de Paris VIII (LinguisTree)
William Snyder research scientist 1990- MIT and Harvard (LinguisTree)


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Stanislas Dehaene collaborator INSERM
Sidarta Tollendal Gomes Ribeiro collaborator UFRN - BRAIN INSTITUTE (Neurotree)
Elizabeth S. Spelke collaborator Harvard & MIT
J Rooryck collaborator 1990- Leiden (LinguisTree)
Veronique Izard collaborator 2004- Harvard (Neurotree)
Manuela Piazza collaborator 2014- University of Trento (Neurotree)
Koleen C. McCrink collaborator 2016- Barnard College
Marie Amalric collaborator 2018- CEA Saclay (Neurotree)
Mariano Sigman collaborator 2018- Universidade de Buenos Aires (Neurotree)
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Amalric M, Wang L, Pica P, et al. (2017) The language of geometry: Fast comprehension of geometrical primitives and rules in human adults and preschoolers. Plos Computational Biology. 13: e1005273
Piazza M, Pica P, Izard V, et al. (2013) Education enhances the acuity of the nonverbal approximate number system. Psychological Science. 24: 1037-43
McCrink K, Spelke ES, Dehaene S, et al. (2013) Non-symbolic halving in an Amazonian indigene group. Developmental Science. 16: 451-62
Izard V, Pica P, Spelke ES, et al. (2011) Flexible intuitions of Euclidean geometry in an Amazonian indigene group. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108: 9782-7
Izard V, Pica P, Dehaene S, et al. (2011) Geometry as a Universal Mental Construction Space, Time and Number in the Brain. 319-332
Dehaene S, Izard V, Pica P, et al. (2009) Response to comment on "log or linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in western and Amazonian indigene cultures" Science. 323: 38c
Izard V, Pica P, Spelke E, et al. (2008) Exact Equality and Successor Function: Two Key Concepts on the Path towards understanding Exact Numbers. Philosophical Psychology. 21: 491
Izard V, Pica P, Spelke E, et al. (2008) [The mapping of numbers on space: evidence for an original logarithmic intuition]. Mã©Decine Sciences : M/S. 24: 1014-6
Dehaene S, Izard V, Spelke E, et al. (2008) Log or linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in Western and Amazonian indigene cultures. Science (New York, N.Y.). 320: 1217-20
Pica P, Lecomte A. (2008) Theoretical implications of the study of numbers and numerals in Mundurucu Philosophical Psychology. 21: 507-522
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