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Dr Cristina Romani


I am interested in understanding cognition across ages (children, adults and older adults) and in pathological conditions such as those involving a stroke (e.g., aphasia) or a metabolic disorder (e.g., Phenylketonuria).   I am particularly interested in memory and language.  I value an approach focused on the individual and on an assessment of patterns of spare and impaired functions.  In aphasia I have successfully applied analyses of the errors made by patients to pin-point the level of linguistic impairments. I strongly value a theoretical, interdisciplinary approach between neuropsychology, linguistics, cognitive science and the neurosciences.

 
  • Memory, language and Cognition (across ages)
  • Neuropsychology (diagnosis, rehabilitation, theoretical and clinical implications)
  • Aphasia
  • Developmental Dyslexia
  • Cognition in Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  •  2001 - Present    Senior lecturer, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Bham, UK.
  •  2013 -  Present    Lead of Aging Mind  Cluster of ARCHA, Aston Research Centre for Healthy Aging
  •  2012 -  Present    Honorary Fellow Queen Elisabeth Hospital          
  • 1992 -  1994         Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • 1990 -  1992         Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston,Texas.
  • 1992                     Ph.D in Psychology, The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, USA
  • 1983                    Doctor in Psychology, 110/110 cum laude, University of Rome, Rome, Italy  

  • DTCL
  • Marie Curie European Fellowship
  • University of Rome
  • University of Birmingham
  • University Hospital Birmingham
  • Fondazione Santa Lucia IRCCS

 

  • Marinelli, C.V., Romani, C., Burani, C.,  McGowan, V.,  & Zoccolotti, P. (2016).  Costs and benefits of orthographic inconsistency in reading: Evidence from a cross-linguistic comparison.  PLOS ONE (in press)
  • Marinelli, C.V., Romani, C., Burani, C.,  McGowan, V., & Zoccolotti, P. (2015). Spelling acquisition in English and Italian: A cross-linguistic study.  Frontiers in Psychology, 6.
  • Olson, A.C., Elizabeth Halloran, E., & Romani, C. (2015).  Target/error overlap in jargonaphasia: The case for a one-source model, lexical and non-lexicalsummation, and the special status of correct responses.Cortex, 73, 158-179.
  • Moores, E., Tsouknida, E., & Romani, C. (2015).  Adults with dyslexia can use cues to orient and constrain attention but have a smaller and weaker attention spotlight. Vision Research, 111,55-65.
  • Galluzzi, C.,  Bureca, I., Guariglia, C., & Romani, C. (2015)Phonological simplifications, apraxia of speech and the interaction between phonological and phonetic processing.  Neuropsychologia, 71, 64-83.
  • Romani, C., Olson , A. & Tsouknida, E. (2014).Order encoding and lexical learning:  Contributions to developmental dyslexia.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 1, 99-128.
  • Goslin, J., Galluzzi, C., & Romani, C. (2014).  Phonitalia: a phonologica lexicon for Italian. Behavior Research Methods,46,3, 872-886.   
  • Bormann, T., Romani, C., Olson, A. & Wallesch, C.W. (2014).  Morphological-compound dysgraphia in an aphasic patient: "a wild write through the lexicon".  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31, 75-105.

  •  Olson, A.C., & Romani, C. (2011).  Model evaluation and case series data.  CognitiveNeuroPsychology28, 486-499. 

  • Romani, C., Tsouknida, E., di Betta, A-M, & Olson A. (2011).  Reduced attentional capacity, but normal processing speed and shifting of attention in developmental dyslexia:  Evidence from a serial task.  Cortex,47, 715-733.
  • Romani, C., Galluzzi. & Olson, A C (2011).  Phonological-lexical activation:  A lexical component or an output buffer? Evidence from aphasic errorsCortex,47, 217-235. 
  • Romani, C., Galluzzi, C., Bureca, I. & Olson, A. (2011). Effects of syllable structure in aphasic errors:  Implications for a new model of speech production.  CognitivePsychology, 62, 151-192.
  • Olson, A., Romani, C. & Caramazza A. (2010). The analysis and interpretation of serial position data. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 27, 134-151.

  • Romani, C., Di Betta, A.M., Tsouknida, E. & Olson, A. (2008).  Lexical and nonlexical processing in developmental dyslexia: A case for different resources and different impairments.  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(6), 798-830.   
  • Romani, C. Mc Alpine, S., Olson, A., & Martin, R. C. (2008).  Concreteness effects in different tasks: Evidence for semantic STM. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 61,2, 293-324
  • Olson, A.C., Romani, C. & Halloran, L. (2006).  Localizing the deficit in a case of jargonaphasia.  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 2, 211-238
  • Di Betta, A-M & Romani, C. (2006).  Lexical learning and dysgraphia in a group of adults with developmental dyslexia.   Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23, 3, 376-400.
  • Romani, C., Mc Alpine, S, Olson, A., Tsouknida, E. & Martin, R. C. (2005).  Length, lexicality and articulatory suppression in immediate serial recall: Evidence against the articulatory loop. Journal of Memory and Language, 52, 398-415.
  • Romani, C. & Galluzzi, C. (2005).  Effects of syllabic complexity in predicting accuracy of repetition and direction of errors in patients with articulatory and phonological difficulties.  Cognitive Neuropsychology. 22, 7, 817-850. 
  • Romani, C., Olson, A., Ward, J., & Ercolani , M. G. (2002).  Formal lexical paragraphias in a single case study: How ‘masterpiece’ becomes ‘misterpieman’ and ‘curiosity’ ‘suretoy’.   Brain and Language, 83, 300-334. 
  • Romani, C., Olson, A., Semenza, C., & Grana’ (2002).  A. Patterns of phonological errors as a function of a phonological vs. an articulatory locus of impairment. Cortex, 38, 541-567.  
  • Ward, J. * & Romani, C. (2000). Consonant-vowel Encoding and Ortho-syllables in a case of Acquired Dysgraphia.  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 17(7), 641-663.
  • Romani, C. & Martin, R. C.(1999). A deficit in the short-term memory of lexical semantic information: Forgetting words, but remembering a story. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  General, 128 (1), 56-77.
  • Romani, C., Olson, A., & Ward, J. (1999).  Developmental surface dysgraphia:  What is the underlying cognitive impairment?  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 52A (1), 97-128.
  • Ward, J. *& Romani, C. (1998). Serial position effects and lexical activation in spelling:  Evidence from a single case study.  Neurocase, 4, 189-206.
  • Romani, C. & Calabrese, A. (1998) Syllabic constraints on the phonological errors of an aphasic patient.  Brain and Language. 64, 83-121.
  • Ward, J. *& Romani, C. (1996).  Serial position effects in a case of deep dysgraphia.  Brain and Language, 55 (1), 124-127.
  • Romani, C., Grana’, A., & Semenza, C. (1996).  More errors on vowels than on consonants:  An unusual case of conduction aphasia. Brain and Language, 55 (1), 144-146. 
  • Romani, C. & Calabrese, A. (1996).  On the representation of geminate consonants: evidence from aphasia.  Journal of Neurolinguistics, 9 (3), 219-235.   
  • Romani, C. & Stringer, M. (1994).  Developmental dyslexia:  A problem acquiring orthographic/phonological information in the face of good visual memory and good short-term memory.  Brain and Language, 57(3), 482-485.  
  • Humphreys, G., Romani, C., Olson, A., Riddoch, M.J.  &  Duncan, J. (1994). Non -spatial extinction:  Evidence for object -based selection in vision.   Nature 372, 357-359.
  • Martin, R. C. & Romani, C. (1994).  Verbal working memory and sentence comprehension: A multiple components view. Neuropsychology. 8 (4), 506-523.
  • Romani, C.  (1994). Phonological short-term memory and syntactic parsing: A case study.  Language and Cognitive Processes. 9 (1), 29-67.  
  • Romani, C. (1992). Are there distinct input and output buffers? Evidence from a brain-damaged patient.  Language and Cognitive Processes, 7 (2), 131-162.
  • Romani, C. & Calabrese, A. (1992).  The representation of syllable structure:  Evidence from an aphasic patient.  Brain and Language, 39 (4), 593-593.   
  • Hillis, A., Rapp, B., Romani, C., & Caramazza, A. (1990). Selective impairment of semantics in lexical processing. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 7(3), 191- 243. 
  • Caramazza, A., Hillis, A., Rapp, B. & Romani, C. (1990). The multiple semantics hypothesis: Multiple confusions?  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 7(3), 161-189. 
  • Miceli, G., Silveri, M.C., Romani, C., & Caramazza, A. (1989). Variation in the pattern of omissions and substitutions of grammatical morphemes in the spontaneous speech of so called agrammatic patients.  Brain and Language, 36, 447-492.
  • Caramazza, A., Laudanna, A., & Romani, C. (1988). Lexical access and inflectional morphology.  Cognition, 28, 297-332.
  • Caramazza, A., Miceli, G., Villa, G., & Romani, C. (1987). The role of the graphemic buffer in spelling: Evidence from a case of acquired dysgraphia. Cognition, 26, 59-85.  


Associate Editor of Cognitive Neuropsychology

  • Sam Westwood                 Ph.D current - (DSTL Ministry of Defence)
  • Raffaele Nappo                  Ph.D current  (ARCHA & University of Rome in co-tutelle)
  • Lilian Rodriquez                 Ph.D current (co-supervision with Andrew Olson, UoB)
  • Louse Lander                     MA current (co-supervision with Andrew Olson, UoB)
  • Effie Tsouknida                  Ph.D 2009      
  • Claudia Galluzzi                 Ph.D 2005  (co-supervision with Andrew Olson, UoB) 
  • Anna Maria di Betta          Ph.D 2001       
  • Sheila MacAlpine              Ph.D 1999       
  • Jamie Ward                        Ph.D 1998