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Grossi, Giordana

Ph.D. University of Pavia (Italy)


Department: Psychology
Office: JFT 300
Phone: (845) 257-2674

Office Hours

MR10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
MR01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Career History

2013-present: Professor, SUNY New Paltz
2007-2013: Associate Professor, SUNY New Paltz
2001-2007: Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz
1997-2001: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Oregon (Brain Development Lab)

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests concerns the cognitive and neurophysiological bases of behavior. I teach Physiological Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience (at the graduate level), and Psychology of Memory and Thinking. I also co-teach a seminar on the concepts of instinct and innateness.

Research/Creative Activity

I am a cognitive neuroscientist who studies language. My current research focuses on the cognitive and neural changes that are associated with learning a second language. I also study sex differences research, in particular the methodological and epistemological problems that characterize such research.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

2012 Liberal Arts & Sciences "Excellence in Faculty Scholarship" award


Selected recent publications

Grossi, G., Savill, N., Thomas, E., & Thierry, G. (2012). Electrophysiological cross-language neighborhood density effects in late and early English-Welsh bilinguals. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:408.

Grossi, G., & Fine, C. (2012). The role of fetal testosterone in the development of “the essential difference” between the sexes: Some essential issues, In R. Bluhm, A. Jacobson, and H. Maibom (Eds.), Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science. Macmillan-Palgrave.

Grossi, G., Savill, N., Thomas, E., & Thierry, G. (2010). Posterior N1 asymmetry to English and Welsh words in early and late English-Welsh bilinguals. Biological Psychology, 85, 124-133.

Capek, C., Grossi, G., Newman, A., McBurney, S., Corina, D., Roeder, B., & Neville, H. (2009). Brain systems mediating semantic and syntactic processing in deaf native signers: Biological invariance and modality specificity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 106 (21), 8784-8789.

Grossi, G., Murphy, J., & Boggan, J. (2009). Word and pseudoword superiority effects in native Italian-English bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12 (1), 113-120.

Grossi, G. (2008). Science or belief? Bias in sex difference research. In S. Badaloni, C. A. Drace, O. Gia, M. C. Levorato, F. Vidotto (Eds.), Under-representation of Women in Science and Technology, pp. 93-106. Padova (Italy): Cleup.

Nash, A., & Grossi, G. (2007). Picking Barbie’s™ brain: Inherent sex differences in scientific ability? Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought, 2 (1), 29-42.