U06, Piano: P04, Stanza: 4080
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1 - 20126 MILANO
Associate professor
Academic disciplines: 
Reception Hours: 

Thursday 15.30-16.30.

Office hour is suspended. If needed I can be reached via email.


2016-today: Researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca
2016: Researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium
2012-2016: Post-doctoral fellow at the COMPOSES lab, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento
2007-2011: Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Milano-Bicoccai
2010: Visiting Ph.D. student at the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics, University of Alberta, Canada
2005-2007: Master in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Milano-Bicocca
2002-2005: Bachelor in Psychological Science and Techniques, University of Milano-Bicocca


My research interests pertain to the processing of written words and how information is stored and represented within the semantic system. I am also interested in the the interplay between these processes and other domains in human cognition, such as perception, action, and reasoning. These topics are investigated by combining experimental techniques (reaction times, analysis of eye-movements in reading, explicit judgments) with computational approaches (learning models, vector space models).


Research areas:

  • Computational modelling in psycholinguistics
  • Representation and learning in distributed models (distributional semantics in particular)
  • Semantic, morphological, and orthographic effects in word recognition
  • Contextual effects in reading


  • Barattieri di San Pietro, C., Luzzatti, C., de Girolamo, G., & Marelli, M. (2020). What “meaning” are you talking about? Distributional semantic models applied to verbal fluency tasks in people with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. Intervento presentato a: European Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience, Bressanone, Italia.
  • Gunther, F., Marelli, M., & Bolte, J. (2020). Semantic transparency effects in German compounds: A large dataset and multiple-task investigation. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS.
  • Gunther, F., Petilli, M., & Marelli, M. (2020). Semantic transparency is not invisibility: A computational model of perceptually-grounded conceptual combination in word processing. JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE, 112.
  • Vergallito, A., Petilli, M., & Marelli, M. (2020). Perceptual modality norms for 1,121 Italian words: A comparison with concreteness and imageability scores and an analysis of their impact in word processing tasks. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS.
  • Pezzelle, S., & Marelli, M. (2020). Do semantic features capture a syntactic classification of compounds? Insights from compositional distributional semantics. In The role of constituents in multiword expressions, (pp. 33-60). Language Science Press, Berlin.