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Francesco Ruotolo

Post Doctorant


Thème de recherche

I study how human-beings encode and memorize spatial information by using behavioral and neurofunctional paradigms with sighted and blind people. I'm working on a new model for visuo-spatial information processing.

Other research interests:

- Influence of Emotions on Spatial Navigation;

- Peripersonal Space and Multisensory perception;

- Influence of Immersive Virtual Reality scenarios on human cognition.



Research Experience (in brief)

- THE NETHERLANDS: University of Utrecht/University Medical Center (June 2014 - December 2016). Principal Investigator of the Marie Curie project “MapSpace— How humans encode, represent and use basic spatial information in perception and action: behavioral and neural evidence” (Marie Curie Individual Intraeuropean Fellowship (IEF) funded by the European Committee.

- ITALY: Second University of Naples (January 2009 - May 2014). Principal Investigator of the project New Audio-Visual methods for the assessment of noise on peoples annoyance and cognitive performance” funded by the Second University of Naples.

- UK: University of Plymouth (September 2005 - October 2005). Visiting student. Project: Spatial memory in large-scale outdoor environments”



Peer reviewed international journal articles:
1) Ruotolo, F., Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., van der Ham, I.C.M., & Postma, A. (2016). The role of frames of reference and spatial relations in a “WHAT WAS WHERE” task. Experimental Brain research, 234(9): 2687-2696. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-016-4672-y
2) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., Ruotolo, F., Schiano di Cola, A., & Senese, V.P. (2015). The influence of anxiety and personality factors on comfort and reachability space: A correlational study. Cognitive Processing, 16 Suppl 1:255-8. doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0717-6.
3) Ruotolo, F., van der Ham, I., Postma, A., Ruggiero, G., Iachini, T. (2015). How coordinate and categorical spatial relations combine with egocentric and allocentric reference frames in a motor task: effects of delay and stimuli characteristics. Behavioral Brain Research, 284:167-78. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.02.021.
4) Iachini, T., Iavarone, M.L., & Ruotolo, F. (2015). Toward a teaching embodied-centered: perspectives of research and intervention. REM-Research on education and media, 5(1), 57-68.
5) Candini, M., Zamagni, E., Nuzzo, A., Ruotolo, F., Iachini, T., Frassinetti, F. (2014). Who is speaking? Implicit and explicit self and other voice recognition. Brain and Cognition, 92C:112-117. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.10.001.
6) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., Ruotolo, F., Vinciguerra, M. (2014). Motor resources in peripersonal space are intrinsic to spatial encoding: evidence from motor interference. Acta Psychologica, 153:20-7. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.09.001.
7) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., Ruotolo, F. (2014). Does blindness affect egocentric and allocentric frames of reference in small and large scale spaces? Behavioral Brain Research, 273:73-81. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.07.032.
8) Maffei, L., Iachini, T., Masullo, M., Aletta, F., Sorrentino, F., Senese, V.P.,  Ruotolo, F. (2013). The Effects of Vision-Related Aspects on Noise Perception of Wind Turbines in Quiet Areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(5), 1681-1697. DOI:10.3390/ijerph10051681.
9) Ruotolo, F., Maffei, L., Di Gabriele, M., Iachini, T., Masullo, M., Ruggiero, G., Senese, V.P. (2013). Immersive Virtual Reality and Environmental Noise Assessment: an innovative audio- visual approach. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 41, 10-20. DOI:10.1016/j.eiar.2013.01.007.

10) Ruotolo, F., Senese, V.P., Ruggiero, G., Maffei, L., Masullo, M., & Iachini, T. (2012). Individual reactions to a multisensory immersive virtual environment: the impact of a wind farm on individuals. Cognitive processing, 13(1), 319-323. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-012-0492-6.
11) Ruggiero, G.,  Ruotolo, F., Iachini, T. (2012). Egocentric/allocentric and coordinate/categorical haptic encoding in blind people. Cognitive processing, 13(1), 313-7, DOI:10.1007/s10339-012-0504-6.
12) Iachini, T., Maffei, L.,  Ruotolo, F., Senese, V.P., Ruggiero, G., Masullo, M., Alekseeva, N. (2012). Multisensory Assessment of Acoustic Comfort Aboard Metros: a Virtual Reality Study. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(5), 757–767, DOI: 10.1002/acp.2856.
13) Ruotolo, F., Ruggiero, G., Vinciguerra, M., & Iachini, T. (2012). Sequential vs. simultaneous encoding of spatial information: a comparison between the blind and the sighted. Acta Psychologica, 139(2), 382 - 389. DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.11.011.
14) Senese, V. P.,  Ruotolo, F., Ruggiero, G., & Iachini, T. (2012). The Italian version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale: Measurement Invariance Across Age, Gender, and Context. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28(2), 118-124. DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000099.
15) Ruotolo, F., Iachini, T., Postma, A., & van der Ham, I.J.M. (2011, b). Frames of reference and categorical and coordinate spatial relations: a hierarchical organization. Experimental Brain Research, 214(4), 587-595. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-011-2857-y.
16) Ruotolo, F., van der Ham, I. J. M., Iachini, T., & Postma, A. (2011, a). The relationship between allocentric and egocentric frames of reference and categorical and coordinate spatial relations. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(6), 1138 – 1156.
17) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., & Ruotolo, F. (2011). Blind people’s mental spatial maps. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, Supp. 1, vol. 97, p S 91
18) Maffei, L., Masullo, M., Alexeeva, N.,  Ruotolo, F., & Senese, V. P. (2010). Evaluation of acoustic discomfort aboard metros based on immersive virtual reality approach. InterNoise Proc. Volume 221, Issue 1, pp. 2481-2490.
19) Ruggiero, G.,  Ruotolo, F., & Iachini, T. (2009). The role of vision in egocentric and allocentric spatial frames of reference. Cognitive Processing, 10, 283-285. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-009-0320-9.
20) Iachini T., Ruggiero G., & Ruotolo, F. (2009). The effect of age on egocentric and allocentric spatial frames of reference. Cognitive Processing, 10, 222-224. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-009-0276-9.
21) Iachini, T., Iavarone, A., Senese, V.P.,  Ruotolo, F., & Ruggiero, G. (2009). Visuospatial memory in healthy elderly, AD and MCI: a review. Current Aging Science, 2, 43-59.
22) Iachini, T., Ruotolo, F., & Ruggiero, G. (2009). The effects of familiarity and gender on spatial representation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 227-234.

Chapters in International Books:
1) van der Ham, I., & Ruotolo, F. (2017). On Inter- and Intrahemispheric Differences in Visuospatial Perception. In I.C.M. van der Ham & A. Postma (Eds.), Neuropsychology of Space: Spatial functions of the human brain. Elsevier Inc. pp.35-76 DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801638-1.00002-1
2) Ruggiero, G., Iachini, T.,  Ruotolo, F., & Senese, V.P. (2009). Spatial memory: the role of egocentric and allocentric frames of reference. In J.B. Thomas (Ed.), Spatial Memory: Visuospatial Processes, Cognitive Performance and Developmental Effects (chapter 2). NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-61668-139-5
3) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G., & Ruotolo, F. (2009). Spatial memory and large-scale ecological environments. In L. C. Eklund & A. S. Nyman (Eds.), Learning and Memory Developments and Intellectual Disabilities (chapter 8). NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60876-397-9
4) Iachini, T., Ruggiero, G.,  Ruotolo, F., & Pizza, R. (2008). Age and gender differences in some components of spatial cognition. In H.T. Benninghouse & A.G. Rosset (Eds.), Women and Aging: New Research (chapter 6). Nova Science Publishers: NY. ISBN: 978-1-60456-575-1


Articles submitted and in preparation:
1) Ruotolo, Iachini, Ruggiero, van der Ham, Raemaekers, Fracasso, Postma (in preparation). Neural bases of frames of reference and spatial relations: a 7T fMRI study. NeuroImage
2) Iachini T., Ruotolo F., Vinciguerra M.,  & Ruggiero G. (submitted). Dissociating time and space in collision prediction: Temporal factors reflect adaptive functions of peripersonal space. Cognition
3) Ruotolo, Claessen, van der Ham (in preparation). The influence of emotions on spatial memory.
4) Ruggiero, Iachini, Ruotolo (in preparation). The influence of age on four basic spatial representations.
5) Ruggiero, Ruotolo, Iachini (in preparation). Switching frames of reference: Congenital blindness limits the allocentric to egocentric translation.



Francesco Ruotolo
Laboratoire SCALab UMR CNRS 9193
Université Lille 3
BP 60149
59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex
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