Nicole Landi

Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology,  2005, University of Pittsburgh
Webpages: Lab Website

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Research Interests:
  • Reading


  • Reading and Language Disorders


  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Neuroimaging Genetics
Research Synopsis:

Dr. Landi studies reading and language development using cognitive neuroscience approaches (ERP, MRI, neuroimaging genetics).

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:  

Meaghan Perdue

Kara Vlahcevic

Martina Villa

Recent  Publications: Mascheretti, S., Perdue, M. V., Feng, B., Andreola, C., Dionne, G., Jasińska, K. K., … & Landi, N. (2020). From BDNF to reading: Neural activation and phonological processing as multiple mediators. Behavioural Brain Research, 112859.


Perdue, M.V., Mednick, J., Pugh, K. & Landi, N. (2020). Gray matter structure is associated with reading skill in typically developing young readers. Cerebral Cortex.


Malins, J. G., Landi, N., Ryherd, K., Frijters, J. C., Magnuson, J. S., Rueckl, J. G., … & Morris, R. (2020). Is that a pibu or a pibo? Children with reading and language deficits show difficulties in learning and overnight consolidation of phonologically similar pseudowords. Developmental Science, e13023.


Landi, N. & Perdue, M.V. (2019). Imaging genetics studies of reading and language: A review. Language and Linguistics Compass.


Ryherd, K. & Landi, N. (2019). Category learning in poor comprehenders. Scientific Studies of Reading, 23, 305-316.


Perdue, M. V., Mascheretti, S., Kornilov, S. A., Jasinska, K. K., Ryherd, K., Mencl, W. E., … & Landi, N. (2019). Common variation within the SETBP1 gene is associated with reading-related skills and patterns of functional neural activation. Neuropsychologia, 130, 44-51.


Ryherd, K., Jasinska, K., Van Dyke, J.A., Hung, Y.-H., Baron, E., Mencl, W.E., Cutting, L.E., Zevin, J., Landi, N. (2018). Cortical regions supporting reading comprehension skill for single words and discourse. Brain and Language, 186, 32-43.


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.


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.



Additional Representative Publications:  

Jasinska, 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


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., 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


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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