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Structure Department of General Psychology
Telephone 0498276606
Qualification Professore ordinario
Scientific sector M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Notice and additional information
I will receive students on August 28th.

Office hours
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 quarto piano via Venezia 8
(updated on 03/02/2019 18:20)

Proposals for thesis
Orthographic and phonological variables affecting reading in children and adults

Naming pictures in young and old adults, and children

Attentional componenents in linguistic sounds perception

Music and cognitive processes: how musical training affects cognitive processes

Linguistic sounds representations and reading development

How prosodic stress affects reading development

perceptual components in reading musical sheets

Curriculum Vitae
Lucia Colombo is Full Professor at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova.
1993. Associate Professor in Statistical and Research Methods at the same University
1981- Researcher at the Department of General Psychology at the University of Padua
1975- 1981 Research assistant
1973 -Degree in Education

She works in the field of Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Psychology, and is interested in visual word recognition, sentence comprehension, word reading, speech perception. Present interests are in the following fields:

- Phonological factors in the development of reading and spelling
- Orthographic and phonological factors in word recognition and reading and spelling processes
- Segmental and prosodic variables in speech perception
- Language disorders in aphasia and Alzheimer dementia
- Representation and processing of regularity in language.
- Phonological and phonetic training in second language acquisition
- Connectionist simulations of language processing
- Role of orthographic, phonological and semantic factors in reading and spelling of deaf individuals.
Academic experiences abroad:
1999 -Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, Visiting Professor
2000- Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Visiting Professor
2005- Visiting Professor University of Essex, UK.
2007 - CNRS Marseille, France
Interuniversity grant (PRIN) of the Italian Ministery of Education and Research – Principal investigator
University of Padova 2000 –Principal investigator
FIRB 2001 -Italian Ministery of Education and Research – Principal investigator
FIRB 2002- Italian Ministery of Education and Research
University of Padova 2002 – Principal investigator
University of Padova 2004 -Principal investigator
Interuniversity grant (PRIN) of the Italian Ministery of Education and Research - 2002
Interuniversity grant (PRIN) of the Italian Ministery of Education and Research 2005
University of Padova 2007 -Principal investigator
Interuniversity grant (PRIN) of the Italian Ministery of Education and Research 2007
Annual Grants from the University of Padova (ex 60%).

Member of the Psychonomic Society
Member of the Associazione Italiana Psicologi (AIP)
Occasional reviewer for: JEP:HPP; JEP: LMC; Journal of Memory & Language; Memory & Cognition, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition, Scientific Studies of Reading.

Research areas
Word recognition and reading in adults and children

Phonological and orthographic variables in word recognition and reading aloud

Cognitive and linguistic factors influencing picture naming

The deterioration of the ability to find names in old age

Development of prosodic abilities in children

Music and cognition: how musical training affects cognitive processes

Colombo, L., Sulpizio, S. & Peressotti, F. (2017). Serial mechanism in transposed letters effects: A developmental study. DOI:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.002 Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 161 , pp. 46–62

Colombo, L., Navarrete, E. & Arfé, B. (2016). Acquisition of nouns and verbs in Italian pre-school children*. DOI:10.1017/S0305000916000593 Journal of Child Language, 44, 1362-1393.

Arciuli, J. & Colombo, L. (2016). An acoustic investigation of the developmental trajectory of lexical stress contrastivity in Italian. DOI:10.1016/j.specom.2016.03.002. Speech Communication, 80, 22-33.

Colombo, L., & Sulpizio, S. (2015). When orthography is not enough: The effect of lexical stress in lexical decision. Memory & Cognition, 43, 811-824.

Sulpizio, S., Burani, C., & Colombo, L. (2015). The process of stress assignment in reading aloud: Critical issues from studies on Italian. Scientific Studies of Reading, 19, 5-20.

Colombo, L., Deguchi, C., Boureux, M. (2014). Stress priming and statistical learning in nonword reading: Evidence from children. Reading & Writing, doi: 10.1007/s11145-013-9476-x

Sulpizio S, Colombo L (2013). Lexical stress, frequency and stress neighborhood effects in the early stages of Italian reading development. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 2073-2084. Doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.785577

Deguchi C, Boureux M, Sarlo M, Besson M, Grassi M, Schön D, Colombo L (2012). Sentence pitch change detection in the native and unfamiliar language in musicians and non-musicians: Behavioral, electrophysiological and psychoacoustic study. Brain Research, vol. 1455, p. 75-89.

Colombo L, Deguchi C, Boureux M, Sarlo M, Besson M (2011). Detection of pitch violations depends upon the familiarity of intonational contour of sentences. Cortex, vol. 47, p. 557-568.

Peressotti F, Colombo L. (2011). Reading aloud pseudohomophones in Italian: Always an advantage. Memory & Cognition, vol. 40(3), p. 466-482.

Colombo L, Arfe', B, Bronte T (2011). The influence of phonological mechanisms in the written spelling of profoundly deaf children. Reading & Writing, vol. 25(8), p. 2021-2038.

Deguchi C, Chobert J, Brunelliere A, Nguien N, Colombo L, Besson M
(2010). Pre-attentive and attentive processing of French vowels. Brain Research. vol.1366, p.149-161.

Colombo L, Zevin J (2009). Stress Priming in Reading and the Selective Modulation of Lexical and Sub-Lexical Pathways.. Plos One, vol.4(9). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007219

Colombo L.; Fonti C; Stracciari A (2009). Italian verb inflection in Alzheimer dementia.. Neuropsychologia. vol.47; p.1069-1078.

Marcolini S, Burani C, Colombo L (2009). Lexical effects on children's pseudoword reading in a transparent orthography. Reading & Writing, vol.22, p.531-544.

Colombo L, Fudio S, Mosna G (2008). Phonological and working memory mechanisms involved in written spelling. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol.21, p.837-861.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
No course unit for this A.Y.