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Office hours

  • Monday from 15:00 to 18:00
    at Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, via Venezia 8, edificio "Psico1", sesto piano, stanza 021
    Il ricevimento di lunedì 15/01/2024 è annullato. Il ricevimento si svolge in presenza e -su richiesta- via zoom (Meeting ID: 183-228-270). Chi vuole partecipare al ricevimento via zoom è invitato farmi sapere con qualche giorno anticipo la sua necessità di un colloquio da remoto.


- Rozzi, C. A., Voltini, A., Antonacci, A., Nucci, M., Grassi, M. (in press). A listening experiment comparing the timbre of two Stradivari with other violins. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
- Talamini, F., Vigl, J., Doerr, E., Grassi, M., Carretti, B. (In press). Auditory and Visual Mental Imagery in Musicians and Nonmusicians. Music Scientiae.
- Silvestri, V., Grassi, M., Nava, E. (2021). Face in collision: emotional looming stimuli modulate interpersonal space across development and gender. Psychological Research. doi:
- Moret, B., Camilleri Gorrieri, R., Grassi, M., & Campana, G. (2021). Cognitive exergame training and transcranial random noise stimulation effects on executive control in healthy young adults. Neuropsychology. doi:
- Talamini, F., Blain, S., Ginzburg, J., Houix, O., Bouchet, P., Grassi, M., Tillmann, B., Caclin, A. (2021). Auditory and visual short-term memory: influence of material type, contour, and musical expertise. Psychological Research. doi:
- Bayramova, R., Toffalini, E., Bonato, M., Grassi, M. (2020). Auditory selective attention under working memory load. Psychological Research. doi:
- Grassi, M., Crotti, C., Giofrè, D., Boedker, I., Toffalini, E. (2020). Two replications of Raymond, Shapiro, and Arnell (1992), The Attentional Blink. Behavior Research Methods. doi:
- Pitteri, M., Marchetti, M., Grassi, M., Priftis, K. (2020). Pitch height and brightness both contribute to elicit the SMARC effect: A replication study with expert musicians. Psychological Research. doi:
- Grassi, M., Mioni, G. (2020). Why damped sounds are perceived as shorter than ramped sounds . Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. [registered report] doi:
- Lanzilotti, C., Dumas, R., Grassi, M., Schön, D. (2019). Prolonged exposure to highly rhythmic music affects brain dynamics and perception. Neuropsychologia, 129, 191-199. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.04.011
- Borella, E., Carretti, B., Meneghetti, C., Carbone, E., Vincenzi, M., Madonna, J. C., Grassi, M., Fairfield, B., Mammarella, N. (2019). Is working memory training in older adults sensitive to music? Psychological Research, 83(6), 1107-1123.
- Di Mauro, M., Toffalini, E., Grassi, M., Petrini, K. (2018). Effect of long-term music training on emotion perception from drumming improvisation. Frontiers in Psychology doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02168
- Kramer, P., Bressan, P., Grassi, M. (2018). The SNARC effect is associated with worse mathematical intelligence and poorer time estimation. Royal Society Open Science. 5(8), 172362. doi: 10.1098/rsos.172362
- Talamini, F., Grassi, M., Toffalini, E., Santoni, R., Carretti, B. (2018). Learning a second language: can music training or music aptitude have a role? Learning and Individual Differences, 64, 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2018.04.003
- Mioni, G., Laflamme, V., Grassi, M., Grondin, S. (2018). The effect of emotional spoken words on time perception depends on the gender of the speaker. Timing & Time Perception, 6, 1-13. doi: 10.1163/22134468-00002096
- Grassi, M., Meneghetti, C., Toffalini, E., Borella, E. (2017). Auditory and cognitive performance in elderly musicians and nonmusicians. PLoS ONE, 2(11): e0187881.

Research Area

Auditory perception and psychophysics. Psychology of music. The relationship between auditory performance and cognitive performance. The cognitive abilities of musicians.

Thesis proposals

- Auditory perception, audiovisual perception, psychology of music, psychoacoustics and psychophysics.
- The relationship between audition and cognition, music and cognition.
- History of psychology of the University of Padova.
- Replication crisis in psychological research: identical replication of classic experiments with pre-pregistration and/or registered reports.

I recommend student projects that replicate existing literature studies, in particular for bachelor students. The student will be asked to select a study from the literature that s/he can reproduce autonomously, then s/he will be asked to replicate the study.