Andrea Marini

Andrea Marini
University of Udine | UNIUD · Department of Foreign Languages ​​and Literature

PhD
Associate professor of Cognitive Psychology and Neurolinguistics

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Introduction
I am Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology. My teaching activity focuses on the Psychology of Language and Neurolinguistics. My research activity focuses on 1) the neuropsychology of language in both adults and children, 2) the analysis of the relationship between language and cognitive functioning, 3) cognitive neuroscience of bilingualism, 4) phylogenetic evolution and ontogenetic development of language.
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November 2015 - present
University of Udine
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2015 - present
January 2005 - present
Università degli studi di Udine
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  • Research Assistant

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Converging evidence suggests that the right hemisphere (RH) plays an important role in language recovery from aphasia after a left hemisphere (LH) lesion. In this longitudinal study we describe the neurological, cognitive, and linguistic profile of A.C., a bilingual who, after a severe traumatic brain injury, developed a form of fluent aphasia that...
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In everyday life we need to continuously regulate our emotional responses according to their social context. Strategies of emotion regulation allow individuals to control time, intensity, nature and expression of emotional responses to environmental stimuli. The left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) is involved in the cognitive control of the selectio...
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Con stile divulgativo, il libro introduce il lettore alle neuroscienze cognitive. Dopo una descrizione delle principali strutture del cervello, si esamina lo sviluppo storico e filosofico delle idee che hanno portato all’attuale concezione del funzionamento della mente e dei suoi rapporti con il cervello. I risultati di numerosi studi suggeriscono...
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The production of informative messages is an effortful endeavor that relies on the interaction between microlinguistic (i.e., lexical and grammatical) and macrolinguistic (i.e., pragmatic and discourse) levels of processing. Although the neural correlates of microlinguistic processing have been extensively studied, investigation of the ability to o...
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The present study investigated the comprehension of narrative with reference to global coherence, i.e., the global representation of story meaning and connectedness, across two different expressive modalities: stories conveyed through written language and stories conveyed through sequences of images. Two cognitive abilities possibly underpinning su...
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The analysis of sequences of words and prosody, meter, and rhythm provided in an interview addressing the capacity to identify and describe emotions represents a powerful tool to reveal emotional processing. The ability to express and identify emotions was analyzed by means of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia (TSIA), and TSIA transc...
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Language production has often been described as impaired in psychiatric diseases such as in psychosis. Nevertheless, little is known about the characteristics of linguistic difficulties and their relation with other cognitive domains in patients with a first episode of psychosis (FEP), either affective or non-affective. To deepen our comprehension...
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Recent studies found that smartphone usage has become an addiction nowadays, especially among young consumers. The abuse of these digital devices affects individuals' social life and well-being. Of particular interest in this regard is the study of compulsive buying, as it has been noted a possible co-occurrence of this disorder with smartphone abu...
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Human communication relies on a wide range of skills. Among these, the ability to convey complex meanings through discourse is of crucial importance. For this reason, over the past 40 years, growing attention has been dedicated to the analysis of the linguistic and cognitive characteristics of both discourse processing and production (e.g., Gernsba...
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Over the past few decades, several studies have focused on potential sex-related differences in the trajectories of language development and functioning. From a behavioral point of view, the available literature shows controversial results: differences between males and females in language production tasks may not always be detectable and, even whe...
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Smart cities and smart mobility come from intelligent systems designed by humans. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is contributing significantly to the development of these systems, and the automotive industry is the most prominent example of "smart" technology entering the market: there are Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Radar/LIDAR detecti...
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Viviamo in una società sempre più multietnica e plurilingue. Risulta pertanto importante affrontare il tema della valutazione dell’impatto dell’esposizione a contesti bi-/plurilingui sullo sviluppo cognitivo e sulla valutazione degli apprendimenti scolastici dei bambini. Il presente capitolo mira ad introdurre il lettore interessato alla problemati...
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Dopo aver ripercorso le tappe che hanno visto l'evoluzione della psicolinguistica nell'alveo delle scienze cognitive, il volume si focalizza sui processi alla base della comunicazione umana e del linguaggio, ponendo particolare attenzione alla complessa interazione tra geni e ambiente nello sviluppo e funzionamento del linguaggio. Scritto con uno s...
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Improving pedestrian safety at urban intersections requires intelligent systems that should not only understand the actual vehicle-pedestrian (V2P) interaction state but also proac-tively anticipate the event's future severity pattern. This paper presents a Gated Recurrent Unit-based system that aims to predict, up to 3 s ahead in time, the severit...
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Narrative skills require the interplay of micro-linguistic and macro-linguistic structures: the micro-linguistic level is responsible for lexical-semantic, morphological, and morphosyntactic processes, while the macro-linguistic level ensures the pragmatic functionality of the text, through coherent and cohesive devices. In particular, coherence de...
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La Frog Story_mod (dove «mod» sta per «modificata») è la Frog Story di Mayer, normalmente usata dai clinici per valutare la competenza narrativa, trasformata in una prova di comprensione da ascolto. Nella FrogStory_mod sono assenti i personaggi ausiliari del cane e delle api e sono omesse le tavole n. 6 [cane che cade dalla finestra], n. 7 [bambino...
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Background: Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is frequent in childhood and may have long-term sequelae. By employing an evidence-based approach, this scoping review aims at identifying (a) early predictors of DLD; (b) the optimal age range for the use of screening and diagnostic tools; (c) effective diagnostic tools in preschool children. Met...
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Questo studio mira a testare l’ipotesi secondo cui la comprensione del testo discorsivo verrebbe facilitata dalla capacità di identificare quegli indizi che nel corso dell'ascolo/lettura di una storia segnalano il bisogno di compiere una inferenza (Cain & Oakhill, 1999). Due gruppi di bambini di 6 anni con normale sviluppo cognitivo e linguistico s...
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OPEN ACCESS at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10339-021-01013-w Growing evidence suggests that theory of mind (ToM) and episodic future thinking (EFT) are closely related at both brain and functional level. This study explored the relationship between ToM and EFT in 96 Italian-speaking children with typical development aged between 8...
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Impairments in language narrative abilities have been widely observed in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Indeed, both children and adults with ASD show difficulties in generating coherent personal and fictional narratives as well as understanding verbal stories. Cognitive studies have considered these difficulties as not dependent on strictly lingu...
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Drivers are prone to distractions while driving, due to conversations they have with passengers on board, processing their thoughts or using their mobile phones. These distractions result in a mental workload that compromises driving safety and requires the implementation of risk compensatory behaviours. This study examines the effects of hands-fre...
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In this study, a cohort of 78 university students performed a driving experience in a virtual urban scenario, by means of a car driving simulator, to examine effects of a planned hands-free mobile phone conversation on young drivers' braking behaviors. To this aim, a control group was left free to drive without any imposed cognitive task. An experi...
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This study focuses on the assessment of working memory and linguistic skills in 21 Italian–Russian speaking bilingual children who were born in Italy and inherited Russian from their parents. Their performance was compared to that of 21 monolingual Russian-speaking and 21 monolingual Italian-speaking peers. For the assessment of the two languages (...
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The present study analyzed the comprehension of visual narrative in a group of twelve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Their performances were compared to a control group of fifteen children with typical development (TD) matched for age, level of formal education, and IQ. Visual narrative comprehension was assessed by administering a...
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The current investigation assessed linguistic and narrative abilities in a cohort of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The linguistic assessment was performed with both traditional tests and a multilevel procedure for discourse analysis. The results showed difficulties at different stages of message planning, organization, and microling...
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Backgrounds: The relationship between linguistic difficulties and cognitive impairments in children with developmental language disorders (DLDs) is receiving growing interest in international research. Executive functions (EF) appear to be weak in these children. The current investigation aims at exploring the relationship between difficulties in t...
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Il volume presenta in modo approfondito i differenti aspetti cognitivi, linguistici e neuropsicologici della competenza bilingue, attraverso i contributi di autori con esperienza pluriennale in un ambito che è sempre più attuale e interessante, ma anche molto delicato. Dalla descrizione dei correlati cognitivi e neurobiologici con i vantaggi deriva...
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Impairments of motor representation of actions have been reported as a core component of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individuals with ASD have difficulties in a number of functions such as assuming anticipatory postures, imitating body movements, producing and understanding gestures, and recognizing motor intentions. Such cognitive-motor abili...
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Congenital heart diseases (CHDs) represent one of the most common types of congenital abnormalities. More than 90% of children with critical heart defects achieve adulthood due to improvements in medical and surgical treatments. Nonetheless, survivors are at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders that may lead also to language impairments. The curre...
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Background Diagnosis of prodromal Alzheimer's disease (AD) still represents a burning issue and there is growing interest for detection of early and non-invasive biomarkers. Although progressive episodic memory impairment is the typical predominant feature of AD, communicative difficulties can be already present at the early stages of the disease....
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Objective Pragmatic impairment and narrative difficulties commonly affect individuals after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Rehabilitative programs may improve such impaired capacities and promote social recovery. Cognitive Pragmatic treatment (CPT) is a rehabilitative group program that encompasses different communicative skills, including sessions...
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The current pilot study compared the linguistic characteristics of a cohort of simultaneous bilingual children (Italian, L1; German L2) with developmental language disorders (DLDs) and those of bilingual peers with typical language development (TLD). Importantly, the two groups were balanced for a number of environmental variables (e.g., age of fir...
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Individuals with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulties in the recollection of past experiences (Episodic Memory). Accumulating evidence suggests that they might have also difficulties in the ability to imagine potential future scenarios (Episodic Future Thinking, EFT) and in narrative generation skills. This investigation aimed to deter...
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Il presente lavoro di ricerca mira a valutare l’efficacia della prova di Comprensione Lessicale in Età Prescolare della Batteria per la Valutazione del Linguaggio in Bambini dai 4 ai 12 anni (BVL_4-12; Marini et al., 2015) confrontando la prestazione di un gruppo di bambini a questo test con quella ottenuta somministrando una prova, il Peabody Pict...
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The Battery for the assessment of speech and language development in children from 4 to 12 years (BVL_4-12; [1]) was originally developed for Italian-speaking children and currently is under adaptation into several European languages including Russian. The BVL_4-12 consists of three parts and includes tasks assessing oral production, comprehension...
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This study analyzed the relation between mental time travel (MTT) and the ability to produce a storytelling focusing on global coherence, which is one of the most notable characteristics of narrative discourse. As global coherence is strictly tied to the temporal sequence of the events narrated in a story, we hypothesized that the construction of c...
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Questa nuova edizione rappresenta un punto di riferimento per farsi un’idea sui correlati cognitivi e anatomici del linguaggio. Il libro spazia dalla storia della neurolinguistica all’analisi dei disturbi linguistici in pazienti adulti e in età evolutiva, considerando anche condizioni di bilinguismo, fi no a descrivere i più recenti apporti delle n...
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The ability to imagine future events (episodic future thinking—EFT) emerges in preschoolers and further improves during middle childhood and adolescence. In the present study, we focused on the possible cognitive factors that affect EFT and its development. We assessed the ability to mentally project forward in time of a large cohort of 135 6- to 1...
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This chapter introduces the reader to the effects of aging on language production skills. The Introduction outlines the micro- and macrolinguistic dimensions of language processing. The second and third paragraph provide an idea of how aging affects micro- (i.e., lexical and grammatical) and macrolinguistic (i.e., discursive) aspects of language pr...
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Purpose: This follow-up study assessed (a) the influence of phonological working memory (pWM), home literacy environment, and a family history of linguistic impairments in late talkers (LTs); (b) the diagnostic accuracy of a task of nonword repetition (NWR) in identifying LTs; and (c) the persistence of lexical weaknesses after 10 months. Method:...
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Objective: This study tested the role of temporary memory, measured by phonological short-term memory (pSTM) and verbal working memory (vWM), as a mediator of the effect of 3 putative risk factors (i.e., socioeconomic status, home literacy environment, birth gestational age) upon expressive and receptive language. Method: A community-based sampl...
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Persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often experience macrolinguistic (i.e., pragmatic and discourse) difficulties. However, it is still not clear whether these difficulties are related to their cognitive impairments and little research has investigated communication abilities across the severity spectrum of TBI. This study compared the cognit...
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Introduction. A significant percentage of children (i.e., 5 to 8%) may present a significant language delay and/or impairment (Tomblin et al. 1997) which is not directly linked to any intellectual or cognitive disability. In such cases, children receive a diagnosis of Primary Language Impairment (PLI). Considering these numbers, it is extremely imp...
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In this paper we propose a narrative account for the origin of language. Such a proposal is based on two assumptions. The first is conceptual and concerns the idea that the distinctive feature of human language (what sets it apart from other forms of animal communication) has to be traced to its inherently narrative character. The second assumption...
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Background. The ability to understand idiomatic expressions begins to develop at an early age. However, such skill is not achieved within the same age and at the same pace in children speaking different languages. Objective. This study assesses comprehension of idiomatic expressions by Russian- speaking monolingual children aged 4 to 12 and monitor...
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The present study aimed at investigating whether L2 learning affects phonological short-term and working memory and first language (L1) development. The performance of a group of 31 4- to-5-year-old sequential bilinguals attending an International School on tasks assessing phonological short-term and working memory and linguistic performance in L1...
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Although different MRI-based techniques have been proposed to assess the hemispheric lateralization for language (HLL), the agreement across methods, and its relationship with language abilities, are still a matter of debate. In the present study we obtained measures of HLL using both task-evoked activity during the execution of three different pro...
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This brief report is a partial replication of the study by Jackson and Atance (J Dev Disabil 14:40–45, 2008) assessing nonverbal Self-based and Mechanical-based future thinking (FT) in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In a first step, these tasks were administered to 30 children with ASD. The two Self-based tasks were then modified as...
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Aim: This cross-sectional study focused on the effect of very preterm (VPT) birth on language development by analysing phonological, lexical, grammatical, and pragmatic skills and assessing the role of cognitive and memory skills. Method: Sixty children (29 males, 31 females) born VPT (<32wks) aged 5 years were compared with 60 children with typ...
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This chapter focuses on the effects of aging on the process of language production from a psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspective. The first section of the chapter provides a detailed description of the language p production system by outlining the notions of micro- (i.e., lexical and grammatical) and macrolinguistic (i.e., pragmatic and d...
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Neuroscienze cognitive presso l'Università di Trieste. Collaboratore scientifico presso gli IRCCS " Eugenio Medea " e " Fondazione Santa Lucia " , svolge una intensa attività di ricerca nell'ambito della Neurolinguistica e della Neuropsicologia del linguaggio in età evolutiva e adulta. È autore di numerosi libri e articoli di rilevanza internaziona...
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Objective: Studies have shown the presence of narrative discourse difficulties in persons with Traumatic Brain Injury, even those who do not suffer from aphasia. Yet, there still exist inconsistencies among results of different studies, in particular in microlinguistic level. Moreover, limited languages are studied in this regard. So this study aim...
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Background: The label “fluent aphasia” applies to different aphasic syndromes characterised by fluent speech with difficulties in lexical retrieval and/or grammatical processing. Aims: This study aims at investigating microlinguistic and macrolinguistic skills in persons with fluent aphasia. We hypothesised that their lexical and syntactic (i.e.,...
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often associated with communicative deficits. The incoherent and impoverished language observed in non-aphasic individuals with severe TBI has been linked to a problem in the global organization of information at the text level. The present study aimed to analyze the features of narrative discourse impairment in...
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Deficits in verbal working memory (vWM) have often been reported in children with Specific Language Impairments (SLI) and might significantly contribute to their linguistic difficulties. The linguistic and narrative skills of a group of children with diagnosis of SLI were compared to those of a group of children with typical development. The lingui...
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Several studies have shown that traditional standardised aphasia tests may not be sensitive enough to adequately assess linguistic deficits and recovery patterns in persons with aphasia. As a result, both functional and structural methods for the analysis of connected language samples from people with aphasia have been devised. This article focuses...
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Specific Language Impairments (SLI) are characterized by language delay in children with otherwise normal development. As language is a complex cognitive process, the linguistic deficits may significantly vary from person to person. Therefore, it is important to extend the analysis of their linguistic skills to the interrelations between lexical, g...
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Language disturbances are among the main clinical features of schizophrenia (e.g. Andreasen and Grove 1986; Covington et al. 2005; Koeda et al. 2006). Consequently, clinicians often face the problem of how to assess and interpret these symptoms. This chapter focuses on the problem of language assessment in patients with schizophrenia and its interp...
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The narratives produced by 75 Italian-speaking children divided in five subgroups ranging from 6.0 to 10.11 years were analyzed for age-related changes in microlinguistic and macrolinguistic aspects of discourse processing. Two single-picture stimuli and two cartoon-story sequences were used to elicit four stories per subject. Some aspects of lingu...
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Di recente numerosi studi hanno dimostrato che i tradizionali test per la valutazione dei disturbi linguistici in pazienti con afasia non sono completamente sufficienti a determinarne le reali competenze comunicative e linguistiche. Di conseguenza, tanto nella ricerca quanto nella pratica clinica si stanno affermando nuovi approcci per valutare que...
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Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) represents a condition whose cognitive and behavioral sequelae are often underestimated, even when it exerts a profound impact on the patients' every-day life. The present study aimed to analyze the features of narrative discourse impairment in a group of adults with mTBI. 10 mTBI non-aphasic speakers (GCS > 13) a...
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In this study, we investigated the combined effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and an intensive Conversational therapy treatment on discourse skills in 12 persons with chronic aphasia. Six short video clips depicting everyday life contexts were prepared. Three videoclips were used to elicit spontaneous conversation during trea...