Martelli Maria Luisa
I’m trained in neuropsychology and visual psychophysics. In my lab we investigate the cognitive mechanisms involved in expert automatized tasks. We record behavioural measures, such as reaction times and thresholds, during objects and words recognition tasks, while measuring eye movement’s parameters. Based on the psychophysical evidences, we try to understand the core of the deficits in diverse populations. The underling research interest focuses on the possibility to account for the population variability drawing from to the current available models. In this vein I’ve been working with elderly individuals, vascular brain damaged patients, patients with traumatic brain injury, as well as with developmental populations with learning disabilities. The core junction is the understanding of the processing slowness. I believe the novelty in the approach is the combination of across-fields knowledge. We are filling the gaps and in doing so we have explained some important conditions, such as neglect dyslexia, with findings that point to focussed rehabilitation protocols.
Recent pubblications (last 5 years)
1. Strappini, F., Pelli, D. G., Di Pace, E., & Martelli, M. (2017). Agnosic vision is like peripheral vision, which is limited by crowding. Cortex, 89, 135-155.
2. Albonico, A., Malaspina, M., Bricolo, E., Martelli, M., & Daini, R. (2016). Temporal dissociation between the focal and orientation components of spatial attention in central and peripheral vision. Acta Psychologica, 171, 85-92.
3. Primativo, S., Spinelli, D., Zoccolotti, P., De Luca, M., & Martelli, M. (2016). Perceptual and Cognitive Factors Imposing “Speed Limits” on Reading Rate: A Study with the Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. PloS one, 11(4), e0153786.
4. Pelli, D. G., Waugh, S. J., Martelli, M., Crutch, S. J., Primativo, S., & Yiltiz, H. (2016). A clinical test for visual crowding. F1000Research, 5:81.
5. Bricolo, E., Salvi, C., Martelli, M., Arduino, L. S., & Daini, R. (2015). The effects of crowding on eye movement patterns in reading. Acta psychologica, 160, 23-34.
6. Primativo, S., Arduino, L. S., De Luca, M., Daini, R., Toneatto C & Martelli, M. (2015) Impaired oculo-motor behaviour affects both reading and scene perception in neglect patients. Neuropsychologia, 70, 90-106.
7. Martelli, M., De Luca, M., Lami, L., Pizzoli, C., Pontillo, M., Spinelli, D., & Zoccolotti, P. (2014). Bridging the gap between different measures of the reading speed deficit in developmental dyslexia. Experimental brain research, 232(1), 237-252.
8. Abadzi, H., Martelli, M., Primativo S (2014) Explorations of Creativity. A review for educators and policy making. WISE matters series n. 2, Qatar Foundation.
9. Abadzi, H. & Martelli, M. (2014). Efficient Reading for Arab Students: Implications from Neurocognitive Research. Paper presented at the World Summit of Innovation in Education (WISE), November 5, 2014, Doha, Qatar.
10. Marinelli CV, Horne JK, McGeown SP, Zoccolotti P and Martelli M (2014) Does the mean adequately represent reading performance? Evidence from a cross-linguistic study. Front. Psychol. 5:903. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00903
11. Cappa, A., Ciccarelli, N., Baldonero, E., Martelli, M., & Silveri, M. C. (2014). Posterior AD-Type Pathology: Cognitive Subtypes Emerging from a Cluster Analysis. Behavioural Neurology, 2014.
12. Primativo, S., Arduino, L. S., De Luca, M., Daini, R., & Martelli, M. (2013). Neglect dyslexia: A matter of “good looking”. Neuropsychologia. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.07.002.
13. Puopolo, C., Martelli, M., & Zoccolotti, P. (2013). Role of sensory modality and motor planning in the slowing of patients with traumatic brain injury: A meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.08.013.
14. Daini, R., Albonico, A., Malaspina, M., Martelli, M., Primativo, S., & Arduino, L. S. (2013). Dissociation in optokinetic stimulation sensitivity between omission and substitution reading errors in neglect dyslexia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 581. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00581.
15. Martelli, M. Burani, C., Zoccolotti, P. (2012). Visual perceptual limitations on letter position uncertainty in reading. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 35, p. 294-295, ISSN: 0140-525X, doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12000222
16. Gallace, A., Martelli, M. & Daini, R. (2012). Inconstancy and Inconsistency of Visual Illusory Phenomena? The Case of the Poggendorff Figure. Psychology, 3, 257-264. doi: 10.4236/psych.2012.33036.
17. Martelli, M., Barban, F., Zoccolotti, P., and Silveri, M.C., (2012). Slowing of information processing may depend upon execution (not cognitive) components in Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, 25, 175–185.
18. Martelli M, Zeri F (2012). Dall’immagine retinica all’elaborazione dell’informazione visiva: il concetto di soglia, la sensibilità al contrasto e l’integrazione di caratteristiche.. In: Zeri F, Calossi A, Fossetti A, Rossetti A. Ottica visuale. p. 315-362, Roma:SEU, ISBN: 9788865150771