Nicole Landi

Degree: Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology,  2005, University of Pittsburgh
Webpages: Lab Website
Research Interests:
  • Reading and Language Development


  • Disorders of Reading and Language


  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Imaging Genetics
Research Synopsis:

Dr. Landi’s work examines typical and atypical reading and language development using cognitive neuroscience approaches (ERP, MRI, & imaging genetic analyses).

Courses: Undergraduate:
PSYC 2400 – Developmental Psychology; PSYC 3450W – Advanced Laboratory in Developmental  Electrophysiology; PSYC 3440 – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience



PSYC 5424/COGS 5150 – Cognitive Neuroscience of Language;  PSYC 5425 – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience; IBACS Grant Writing Workshop

Current Graduate Students in Research: Kayleigh Ryherd

Meaghan Perdue

Selected Recent (2017/2018) Publications: Hung, Y. H., Frost, S. J., Molfese, P., Malins, J. G., Landi, N., Mencl, W. E., … & Pugh, K. R. (2018). Common Neural Basis of Motor Sequence Learning and Word Recognition and Its Relation With Individual Differences in Reading Skill. Scientific Studies of Reading, 1-12.


Malins, J. G., Pugh, K. R., Buis, B., Frost, S. J., Hoeft, F., Landi, N., … & Sevcik, R. (2018). Individual Differences in Reading Skill are Related to Trial-by-Trial Neural Activation Variability in the Reading Network. Journal of Neuroscience, 0907-17.


Hong, T., Shuai, L., Frost, S. J., Landi, N., Pugh, K. R., & Shu, H. (2018). Cortical Responses to Chinese Phonemes in Preschoolers Predict Their Literacy Skills at School Age. Developmental Neuropsychology, 1-14.


Landi, N., Malins, J. G., Frost, S. J., Magnuson, J., Molfese, P., Ryherd, K., Rueckl,J.G., Mencl,W.E & Pugh, K. R. (2018). Neural representations for newly learned words are modulated by overnight consolidation, reading skill, and age. Neuropsychologia, 111,133- 144.


Maupin, A. N., Rutherford, H. J., Landi, N., Potenza, M. N., & Mayes, L. C. (2018). Investigating the association between parity and the maternal neural response to infant cues. Social Neuroscience, 1-12.


Hämäläinen, J., Landi, N., Loberg, O., Lohvansuu, K., Pugh, K., & Leppänen, P. H. (2018). Brain event-related potentials to phoneme contrasts and their correlation to reading skills in school-age children. International Journal of Behavioral Development42(3), 357-372.


Earle, F. S., Landi, N., & Myers, E. B. (2018). Adults with language impairment fail to consolidate speech sounds during sleep. Neuroscience Letters, 666, 58-63.


Irwin, J., Avery, T., Brancazio, L., Turcios, J., Ryherd, K., & Landi, N. (2018). Electrophysiological indices of audiovisual speech perception: Beyond the McGurk effect and speech in noise. Multisensory Research, 31, 39 – 56


Landi, N. & Cutting, L.E. (2017). Global Approaches to Early Learning Research and Practice: Integrative Commentary. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 158, 105-114.


Landi, N., Avery, T., Wu, J., Crowley, M. J., & Mayes, L. C. (2017). Prenatal cocaine exposure impacts language and reading into late adolescence: Behavioral and ERP evidence. Developmental Neuropsychology, 6, 369-386. 


Irwin, J., Avery, T., Brancazio, L., Turcios, J., & Landi, N. (2017). Electrophysiological indices of audiovisual speech perception in the broader autism phenotype. Brain Sciences, 7(6), 60.


Turcios, J., Cook, B. Irwin, J., Rispoli, T., Landi, N. (2017). A familiarization protocol facilitates participation of children with ASD in electrophysiological research. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 125, e55941, doi:10.3791/55941.


Jasińska, K. K., Molfese, P. J., Kornilov, S. A., Mencl, W. E., Frost, S. J., Lee, M., … & Landi, N. (2017). The BDNF Val 66 Met polymorphism is associated with structural neuroanatomical differences in young children: Implications for cognitive development. Behavioural Brain Research, 328, 48-56.


Harwood, V., Preston, J., Grela, B., Roy, D., Harold, O., Turcios, J., … & Landi, N. (2017). Electrophysiology of perception and processing of phonological information as indices of toddlers’ language performance. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-13.


Landi, N., & Ryherd, K. (2017). Understanding specific reading comprehension deficit: A review. Language and Linguistics Compass11(2).


Earle, F.S., Landi, N. & Myers, E.B. (2017). Sleep duration predicts behavioral and neural differences in adult speech sound learning. Neuroscience Letters, 636: 77-82.


Rutherford, H. J., Maupin, A. N., Landi, N., Potenza, M. N., & Mayes, L. C. (2017). Parental reflective functioning and the neural correlates of processing infant affective cues. Social Neuroscience, 12(5), 519-529.

Additional Representative Publications:  

Jasińska, K., Kornilov, S., Molfese, P., Frost, S., Lee, M., Mencl, W. E., Pugh, K. R., Grigorenko, E., & Landi, N. (2016). The BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism influences reading ability and patterns of neural activation in children.  PLoS ONE, 11(8), e0157449.


Breen, M., Kaswer, L., Van Dyke, J. A., & Landi, N. (2016). Imitated prosodic fluency predicts reading comprehension ability in good and poor high school readers. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1026. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01026


Van Dyke, J. & Landi, N. (2016). The development of reading comprehension skill: Processing and memory. In E. Bavin, & L. Naigles (Eds.),  The Cambridge Handbook of Child Language, 2nd edition (pp. 740-761). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Kornilov, S. A., Magnuson, J. S., Rakhlin, N., Landi, N., & Grigorenko, E. L. (2015). Lexical processing deficits in children with developmental language disorder: An event-related potentials study. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 459-476. PMC4606961


Preston, J. L., Molfese, P. J., Gumkowski, N., Sorcinelli, A., Harwood, V., Irwin, J., & Landi, N. (2014). Neurophysiology of speech differences in childhood apraxia of speech. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39, 385-403. PMC4130155


Kornilov, S. A., Landi, N., Rakhlin, N., Fang, S-Y., Grigorenko, E. L., & Magnuson, J. S. (2014). Attentional but not pre-attentive neural measures of auditory discrimination are atypical in children with developmental language disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39, 543-567. doi:10.1080/87565641.2014.960964


Landi, N., Frost, S. J., Mencl, W. E., Sandak, R., & Pugh, K. R. (2013). Neurobiological bases of reading comprehension: Insights from neuroimaging studies of word-level and text-level processing in skilled and impaired readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 29, 145-167. PMC3646421


Landi, N., Frost, S. J., Mencl, W. E., Preston, J. L., Jacobsen, L. K., Lee, M., Yrigollen, C., Pugh, K. R., & Grigorenko, E. L. (2013). The COMT Val/Met polymorphism is associated with reading-related skills and consistent patterns of functional neural activation. Developmental Science, 16, 13-23. PMC3655431


Landi, N., Crowley, M. J., Wu, J., Bailey, C., & Mayes, L. C. (2012). Deviant ERP response to spoken non-words among adolescents exposed to cocaine in utero. Brain and Language, 120, 209-216. PMC3633521


Landi, N., Mencl, W. E., Frost, S. J., Sandak, R., Chen, H., & Pugh, K. R. (2010). An fMRI study of multimodal semantic and phonological processing in reading disabled adolescents. Annals of Dyslexia, 60, 102-121. PMC3148012


Landi, N. (2010). An examination of the relationship between reading comprehension, higher-level and lower-level reading sub-skills in adults. Reading and Writing, 23, 701-717. PMC3117585


Frost, S., Landi, N., Mencl, W. E., Sandak, R. Fulbright, R. K., Jacobsen, L., Grigorenko, E., Constable, R. T., & Pugh, K. (2009). Phonological awareness predicts cortical activation patterns for print and speech. Annals of Dyslexia, 59, 78-97. PMC2720826


Landi, N. & Perfetti, C. A. (2007). An electrophysiological investigation of semantic and phonological processing in skilled and less skilled comprehenders. Brain and Language, 102, 30-45.


Landi, N., Perfetti, C. A., Bolger, D. J., Dunlap, S., & Foorman, B. R. (2006). The role of discourse context in developing word representations: A paradoxical relation between reading and learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 94, 114-133.


Perfetti, C.A., Landi, N., & Oakhill, J.V. (2005). The acquisition of reading comprehension skill. In M.J. Snowling & C. Hume (Eds.), The Science of Reading: Handbook of Reading Research. Oxford: Blackwell.

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