Matthew J. Pastizzo

Associate Professor


Bailey 142
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Areas of Interest: Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany


  • SUNY Geneseo since Fall 2003

Research Interests

My research interests include visual word recognition, the representation of words in memory, and vocabulary acquisition.
Fall 2014 Classes

PSYC 250:
R/Intro-Behavioral Statistics

    Computation, application, and interpretation of the major descriptive and introductory inferential techniques. Topics include measurement, frequency distributions, graphing, central tendency, variabil
    ity, binomial and normal distributions, standard scores, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, z-tests, one-sample t-tests, two-sample t-tests, analysis of variance, and nonparametric significance tests. NOTE: Students may not receive credit for more than one 200-level statistics course. However, a student who has received credit (and a grade of at least C-) for BIOL 250, ECON 205, GEOG 278, MATH 242, MATH 262, PLSC 251, or SOCL 211 may use this course in place of PSYC 250 to fulfill the statistics requirement for the major or minor. The student must then complete an additional psychology elective in order to reach the 36 hours in psychology required for the major (or 21 hours for the minor). Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and three years of high school mathematics.
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PSYC 315:
Psychology of Language

    Human language is examined from the perspective of experimental psychology. Topics covered include the following: speech perception and production, understanding sentences and discourse, content and o
    rganization of the mental dictionary, language acquisition, language and the brain, and language and thought. Prerequisites: PSYC 250 and PSYC 251 and human or general biology with lab (BIOL 103/104 or BIOL 117/116) or permission of instructor. Offered every two years
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PSYC 352:
AdRs-Psyc:Word Play

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issu
    e, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports. Prerequisites: Enrollment is limited to Psychology majors who have completed PSYC 250, PSYC 251, and at least three 300-level Psychology courses. Selected topics may have specific prerequisites, which will be listed in the course schedule.
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