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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., Claessen M., van der Ham, I.C.M. (2018). Putting emotions in routes: the effect of emotionally laden landmarks on spatial memory. Psychological Research, Doi: 10.1007/s00426-018-1015-6
2) Ruggiero, G., Ruotolo F., Iachini T. (2018). Congenital blindness limits allocentric to egocentric switching ability. Experimental Brain Research, 236(3): 813–820. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-5176-8.
3) Iachini T., Ruotolo F., Vinciguerra M.,  & Ruggiero G. (2017). Manipulating time and space: collision prediction in peripersonal and extrapersonal space. Cognition, 26(166): 107-117. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.03.024. 

4) 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
5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) 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.
12Ruotolo, 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.

13) 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.
14) 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.
15) 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.
16) 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.
17) 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.
18) 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.
19) 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.
20) 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
21) 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.
22) 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.
23) 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.
24) 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.
25) 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) Ruggiero, Iachini, Ruotolo (in preparation). The influence of age on four basic spatial representations. 



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