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Matthew Pastizzo

Assoc Prof of Psychology and Department Chair
Bailey 131

Matthew Pastizzo has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2003.

Office Hours

MW 9:30-11:00 or by appointment

Areas of Interest

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics

Research Interests

  • Psycholinguistics. In particular, word frequency, statistical regularity in word structure, and the study of factors that influence visual word recognition.
  • visual word recognition
  • the representation of words in memory
  • vocabulary acquisition


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, SUNY Albany, 2003

  • M.A., Cognitive Psychology, SUNY Albany, 2001

  • B.A., Psychology, Siena College, 1999


  • SUNY Geneseo since Fall 2003

Recent Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Language

  • Statistics

  • Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Pastizzo, M.J., & Feldman, L.B. (2009). Multiple dimensions of relatedness among words: Conjoint effects of form and meaning in word recognition. The Mental Lexicon, 4:1, 1-25.

  • Pastizzo, M.J., Neely, J.H., & Tse, C.-S. (2008). With a letter-searched prime, boat primes float but swim and coatdon't: Further evidence for automatic semantic activation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 845-849.

  • Hughes, S., Pastizzo, M.J., & Gallup, G. (2008). The sound of symmetry revisited: Subjective and objective analyses of voice. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 32, 93-108.

  • Pastizzo, M.J., & Carbone, R.F. (2007). Spoken word frequency counts based on 1.6 million words in American English. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 1025-1028.

  • Pastizzo, M.J. & Feldman, L.B. (2004). Morphological processing: A comparison between free and bound stem facilitation. Brain and Language, 90, 31-39.


  • 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, variability, 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. Offered every semester

  • 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 organization of the mental dictionary, language acquisition, language and the brain, and language and thought. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirements. Offered every two years