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Dr Xenia Schmalz

BSc ANU, PhD Macq.

Xenia Schmalz

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : xenia.schmalz@unipd.it

External Address

Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
University of Padova, Italy

Profile

My research is predominantly concerned with cognitive processes underlying reading. I am interested in the ways in which differences across orthographies affect skilled reading and reading acquisition, as well as the interactions of lower-level visual-attentional and higher-level cognitive processes during reading. My honours thesis (under the supervision of A/Prof Kristen Pammer at the Australian National University) explored the role of visual attention in reading development. During my PhD (at Macquarie University, supervised by Dr Eva Marinus, Professors Max Coltheart and Anne Castles), I compared reading processes in both adults and children, and how they differ as a function of orthographic depth.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Università degli Studi di Padova (2015 - 2016) "What is orthographic depth? Behavioural and computational studies." Mulatti, C., Castles, A., Coltheart, M., Schmalz, X., & Marinus, E. ($69,762)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Schmalz, X., & Mulatti, C. (In Press). Busting a myth with the Bayes Factor: Effects of letter bigram frequency in visual lexical decision do not reflect reading processes. Mental Lexicon.
  • Schmalz, X., Porshnev, A., & Marinus, E. (2017). Evidence for two distinct parsing stages in nonword reading aloud: Evidence from Russian. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(12), 2548-2559. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1247895
  • Schmalz, X., Robidoux, S., Castles, A., Coltheart, M., & Marinus, E. (2017). German and English bodies: No evidence for cross-linguistic differences in preferred orthographic grain size. Collabra: Psychology, 3(1), 5. doi:10.1525/collabra.72
  • Schmalz, X. (2016). The power is in collaboration: Developing international networks to increase the reproducibility of science. The Winnower, 3, e146178.826. doi:10.15200/winn.146178.82672
  • Schmalz, X., Altoè, G., & Mulatti, C. (2016). Statistical learning and dyslexia: a systematic review. Annals of Dyslexia, 67(2), 147-162. doi:10.1007/s11881-016-0136-0
  • Schmalz, X., Beyersmann, E., Cavalli, E., & Marinus, E. (2016). Unpredictability and complexity of print-to-speech correspondences increase reliance on lexical processes: More evidence for the orthographic depth hypothesis. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(6), 658-672. doi:10.1080/20445911.2016.1182172
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2015). Getting to the bottom of orthographic depth. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22(6), 1614-1629. doi:10.3758/s13423-015-0835-2
  • Schmalz, X., Treccani, B., & Mulatti, C. (2015). Distinguishing target from distractor in stroop, picture–word, and word–word interference tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1858. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01858
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Palethorpe, S., Castles, A., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Quantifying the reliance on different sublexical correspondences in German and English. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(8), 831-852. doi:10.1080/20445911.2014.968161
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., & Castles, A. (2013). Phonological decoding or direct access? Regularity effects in lexical decision in Grade 3 and 4 children. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(2), 338-346. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.711843

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Marinus, E., Schmalz, X., Robidoux, S., & Castles, A. (2017, July). The acquisition of different kinds of print-to-sound rules. Paper presented at the 24nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Halifax, Canada.
  • Schmalz, X., Mulatti, C., & Job, R. (2016, May). Letter bigram frequency effects in visual word recognition. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain.
  • Schmalz, X. (2015, October). Getting to the bottom of orthographic depth: Complexity and unpredictability. Colloquium at the University of Graz, Austria.
  • Schmalz, X., Beyersmann, L., Cavalli, E., & Marinus, E. (2015, September). Getting to the bottom of orthographic depth: Lexical involvement for words with complex and unpredictable sublexical correspondences. Paper presented at the 19th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP 2015), Paphos, Cyprus.
  • Schmalz, X., Porshnev, A., Mulatti, C., de Simone, E., & Marinus, E. (2015, August). Complex but transparent rules in Russian and Italian: Context-dependency of sublexical correspondences across orthographies. Paper presented at the 7th International Summer School on Literacy Acquisition, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.
  • Schmalz, X., Robidoux, S., Castles, A., Coltheart, M., & Marinus, E. (2015, July). Body-N effects: Are there cross-linguistic differences? Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2014, August). Development of lexical and sublexical processing in German and English. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2014, July). What is orthographic depth? Colloquium at the Washington University, St Louis, USA.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2014, July). Development of lexical and sublexical processing in German and English. Poster session presented at the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR) conference, Santa Fe, USA.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2014, May). Development of lexical and sublexical processing in German and English. Paper presented at the Psycholinguistics in Flanders, Ostenden, Belgium.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2014, April). Development of lexical and sublexical processing in German and English. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Castles, A., & Coltheart, M. (2013, August). Quantifying the reliance on sublexical strategies in German and English reading. Poster session presented at the 18th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Budapest, Hungary.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2013, May). Developmental trends in reliance on lexical and sublexical strategies. Poster session presented at the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Robidoux, S., Coltheart, M., & Castles, A. (2013, April). Cross-linguistic differences in reading development: Comparing English and German. Colloquium at the Forschunskolloquim Kognitive Psychologie, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Castles, A. (2012, August). Cross-linguistic differences in reading acquisition. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Marinus, E., Kohnen, S., Schmalz, X., & Castles, A. (2012, July). Who are the noisiest neighbours in the hood? Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Montreal, Canada.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Castles, A., & Coltheart, M. (2012, June). Cross-linguistic differences in the regularity effect. Presentation given at the Visual Word Recognition Workshop (ForsterFest 2012), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., Castles, A., & Coltheart, M. (2012, May). Cross-linguistic differences in the regularity effect. Presentation given at the Seminar Series of the Psychology Department, University of New England, Armidale.
  • Marinus, E., Kohnen, S., Schmalz, X., & Castles, A. (2012, April). Different neighbours in the hood: The impact of higher-frequency substitution, deletion and transposition neighbours in developing readers. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Schmalz, X., Marinus, E., & Castles, A. (2012, April). Regularity effects in lexical decision of developing readers. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.

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