Dr Cristina Romani

Cristina Romani

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University

Birmingham B4 7ET

telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4081

Senior Lecturer on the Psychology Teaching Programme


Research Theme

Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)


Research interests

My main interests are in investigating linguistic impairments that arise either developmentally or as a consequence of brain damage with the goal of understanding normal cognition as well its breakdown. My current research program focuses on the acquisition, representation and production of lexical items.
Examples of my current work include: 1) linguistically informed analyses of the errors made by different types of aphasic patients, 2) an investigation of lexical/semantic effects in STM, and 3) an investigation of the causes of poor acquisition of new words in developmental dyslexia/dysgraphia.
I strongly value a theoretical, interdisciplinary approach between neuropsychology, linguistics, and cognitive science.


  • 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. (1998).
    Serial position effects and lexical activation in spelling: Evidence from a single case study.
    , 4, 189-206.
  • Romani C., Olson A, Ward J. (1999)
    A case of developmental dyslexia: A problem with order?
    Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
    . 52A (1), 97-128.
  • Romani C, Martin R. (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.
  • 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, Semenza C, Grana A (2002)
    Phonological errors in two aphasic patients: a phonological vs. an articulatory locus of impairment.
  • 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 A. (2002)
    Patterns of phonological errors as a function of a phonological versus an articulatory locus of impairment.
    38 (4) 541-567
  • Romani C, McAlpine S, Olson A, Tsouknida E, Martin R. (2005)
    Length, lexicality and articulatory suppression in immediate recall: Evidence against the articulatory loop.
    Journal of Memory and Language
    52 (3) 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
  • Olson AC, Romani C, Halloran L. (2007)
    Localising the deficit in a case of jargonaphasia.
    Cognitive Neuropsychology
    24 (2) 211-238
  • Romani C, McAlpine S, Martin RC. (2008)
    Concreteness effects in different tasks :implications for models of short-term memory
    Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
    61 (2) 292-323


  • Di Betta AM, Romani C. (2006)
    Lexical learning and dysgraphia in a group of adults with developmental dyslexia
    Cognitive Neuropsychology
    23 (3) 376-400

Dr. C Romani / Aston University / last updated February 2008

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