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Neurolinguistics: from evaluation to language rehabilitation

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Dr. Andrea Marini
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The Research Group in Neurolinguistics studies the neuropsychological correlates of language development and functioning in mono- and bilinguals. Furthermore, the research activity focuses on persons with typical language development, children with developmental language disorders (e.g.,very preterms, late talkers, children with specific/primary language impairments, persons with autism spectrum disorders) or individuals with acquired brain lesions (persons withj aphasia, traumatic brain Injury, right hemisphere damage and other aetiologies). The Research Unit Coordinator directed the development and stanbdardization of the Batteria per la Valutazione del Linguaggio in Bambini dai 4 ai 12 anni (BVL_4-12; Giunti OS) and leads research studies exploring the cognitive underpinnings of language disorders. He is also coordinating several international teams working on the adaptation of the BVL_4-12 to other languages (e.g., Russian, German, Slovenian, Spanish). In collaboraiton with the TMS Lab of the University of Udine this research group i salso exploring the neural correlates of bilingual representation and informative skills in adults.

Selected publications (from 2015)


  1. Marini, A. (2018). Manuale di Neurolinguistica. Nuova edizione. Carocci, Roma
  2. Marini, A. (2016). Che cosa sono le Neuroscienze Cognitive. Carocci, Roma.
  3. Marini, A., Marotta, L., Bulgheroni, S., Fabbro, F. (2015). Batteria per la Valutazione del Linguaggio in Bambini dai 4 ai 12 anni (BVL_4-12). Giunti O.S., Firenze.

Books chapters

  1. Marini, A. (2018). Neuropsychological aspects of language in older adults. In Masiero, S. & Carraro U. (Eds.) “Rehabilitation medicine for Elderly Patients. Practical issues in Geriatrics”. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-57406-6; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57406-6_37
  2. Marini, A., Fabbro, F. (2017). Diagnosi e valutazione dei disturbi di linguaggio in bambini bilingui. In Vicari, S. e Caselli, M.C. (a cura di) Neuropsicologia dell’Età Evolutiva. (pp. 85-96). Il Mulino, Bologna ISBN: 978-88-15-27204-1
  3. Marini, A. (2017). Introduzione: Le funzioni esecutive nei Disturbi (Primari) del Linguaggio. In Marotta, L., Mariani, E., Pieretti, M. (a cura di). Funzioni esecutive nei Disturbi di Linguaggio. (pp.11-15). Erickson, Trento.
  4. Marini, A. (2017). Valutazione delle abilità narrative in pazienti con disturbi della comunicazione. In P. Sorianello (a cura di) Il linguaggio disturbato. Modelli, strumenti, dati empirici (pp. 131-141) Aracne Editrice, Roma. DOI:10.4399/978882550171110
  5. Marini, A. (2016). Strutture e processi del linguaggio. In Girotto, V. & Zorzi, M. (Editors). Manuale di Psicologia Generale. Il Mulino, Bologna (pp. 235-248). ISBN: 9788815252357
  6. Marini, A. & Andreetta, S. (2016). Age-related effects on language production: A combined psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspective. In Wright, H.H. (Ed.). Cognition, Language and Aging. (pp. 55-79). John Benjamins Publishing Company.


  1. Eliseeva, N., Guts, E., Marini, A. (2017). Comprehension of Idiomatic Expressions by Russian speaking typically developing children. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 10 (4), 22-32.
  2. Marini A., Eliseeva N., Gorobets E.A., Filippova O.G. (2017). An introduction to the Russian adaptation of the battery for the assessment of language in children (BVL_RU). 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conferences on Social Sciences & Arts SGEM, 2, 541-548.
  3. Marini, A., Ruffino, M., Sali, M.E., Molteni, M. (2017). The role of phonological working memory and environmental factors in lexical development in Italian-speaking late talkers: A one year follow up study. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 60, 3462-3473. DOI: 10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-15-0415
  4. Ferretti, F., Chiera, A., Nicchiarelli, S., Adornetti, I., Magni, R., Vicari, S., Valeri, G., Marini, A. (2017). The development of episodic future thinking in middle childhood. Cogn. Process. DOI 10.1007/s10339-017-0842-5
  5. Marini, A., Zettin, M., Bencich, E., Bosco, F.M., Galetto, V. (2017). Severity effects on discourse production after TBI. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 44, 91-106. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2017.03.005
  6. Riva, V., Cantiani, C., Dionne, G., Marini, A., Mascheretti, S., Molteni, M., Marino, C. (2017). Working memory mediates the effects of gestational age at birth on expressive language development in children. Neuropsychology,31(5), 475-485. doi: 10.1037/neu0000376
  7. Ferretti, F., Adornetti, I., Chiera, A., Nicchiarelli, S., Magni, R., Valeri, G., Marini, A. (2017). Mental Time Travel and Language Evolution: A narrative account of the origins of human communication. Language Sciences. 63, 105-118.
  8. Marini, A., Eliseeva, N., & Fabbro, F. (2016). Impact of early second-language acquisition on the development of first language and verbal short-term and working memory. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2016.1238865
  9. Marini, A., Galetto, V., Bencich, E., & Zettin, M. (2016). Discourse production after TBI: Is there a severity effect? Brain Injury, 30 (5-6): 654-655.
  10. Piervincenzi, C., Petrilli, A., Marini, A., Caulo, M., Committeri, G., Sestieri, C. (2016). Multimodal assessment of hemispheric lateralization for language and its relevance for behavior. NeuroImage, 142, 351-370. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.08.018.
  11. Marini, A., Ferretti, F., Chiera, A., Magni, R., Adornetti, I., Nicchiarelli, S., Vicari, S., Valeri, G. (2016). Self-based and Mechanical-based Future Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46: 3353-3360. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2867-5
  12. Marini, A., Galetto, V., Tatu, K., Duca, S., Geminiani, G., Sacco, K., Zettin, M. (2016). Recovering two languages with the right hemisphere. Brain and Language. 159, 35-44.
  13. Urgesi, C., Mattiassi, A.D.A., Buiatti, T., Marini, A. (2016). Tell it to a child! A brain stimulation study of the role of left inferior frontal gyrus in emotion regulation during storytelling. NeuroImage. 136 26-36. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.039
  14. Guarini, A., Marini, A., Savini, S., Alessandroni, R., Faldella, G., Sansavini, A. (2016). Linguistic features in children born very preterm at preschool age. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 58(9):949-56. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13118
  15. Andreetta, S., Marini, A. (2015). The effect of lexical deficits on narrative disturbances in fluent aphasia. Aphasiology, 29 (6), 705-763.
  16. Ghayoumi Anaraki Z., Marini A., Yadegari F., Mahmoodi Bakhtiari B., Fakharian E., Rahgozar M., Rassouli M. (2015). Narrative discourse impairments in Persian-speaking persons with Traumatic Brain Injury: A pilot study. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 66 (6), 273-279.


  • Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina (USA)
  • Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russian Federation
  • Universidad de Valéncia, Departamento de Psicobiologia, Valencia, Spain
  • Rehabilitation Center “Puzzle”, Turin, Italy
  • Dept. of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy
  • Dept. of Philosophy, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
  • "Bambin Gesù" Hospital, Rome, Italy
  • "Stella Maris" Research Center, Livorno, Italy
  • Hospital "Besta", Milan, Italy
  • Dept. of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy


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