Affiliation: Departmennt of Psychology, Second University of Naples
Location: Caserta, Italy
Since 2008, Dr. Gennaro Ruggiero is researcher at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Second University of Naples (SUN). From 2001 to 2007 he collaborated as post-doctoral researcher with the laboratory of Experimental Psychology on Spatial Cognition and Topographical Disorientation, Department of Psychology (SUN), under the supervision of Prof. Santa Iachini. He visited as Ph.D. student (2005) and as post-doctoral researcher (2007) the laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Spatial Cognition, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA). Under the supervision of Prof. T. P. McNamara, he worked on Egocentric and Allocentric Spatial Frames of Reference and specific subcomponents of spatial cognition (intrinsic axes, spatial updating, environmental characteristics ecc.). From 2005 to the present he has taught History of Psychology, and from 2009 to the present Laboratory of Cognitive Science (Faculty of Psychology, SUN).
Dr. Ruggieros research interests are primarily devoted to the investigation of: representation of space, integration between frames of reference and coordinate and categorical spatial relations, sensory-motor systems and multimodal mental images, the role of visual experience in spatial representation, the role of visual experience in serial-spatial memory, gender differences in visuo-spatial cognition, visuo-spatial cognition in healthy and pathological elderly people, mental imagery in healthy and blind people, in elderly people with or without cognitive disorders, the role of multisensory integration. From a theoretical point of view, his research activity is inspired by the embodied cognition perspective that sees cognition, perception and action as interactive and not separated. From 2009 he is member of the laboratory of Cognitive Science and Immersive Virtual Reality (CSVR Unina2, directed by Prof. S. Iachini) where he is involved in devising experimental paradigms for simulating complex, multisensory (visual and auditory) and realistic environments in which a mover can interact with landmarks and objects. Dr. G. Ruggiero has been a referee for the following journals: Sex Roles, Experimental Neurology.
Coping strategies as predictors of cognitive deterioration in elderly people (2001). Department of Psychology, Second University of Naples (SUN).
Egocentric and Allocentric Spatial Frames of Reference (2003-2005). Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Experimental Medicine, within the four-year PhD in Neuroscience, Second University of Naples (SUN).
Frames of reference and embodied simulation: The role of movement and the configurational characteristics of the environment (2007) A one-year “excellence grant” for
research, at the Second University of Naples (SUN).
RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T (2010). The Role of Vision in the Corsi Block-Tapping Task: Evidence From Blind and Sighted People. NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, ISSN: 0894-4105, doi: 10.1037/a0019594
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G., CONSON M, TROJANO L (2009). Lateralization of egocentric and allocentric
spatial processing after parietal brain lesions. BRAIN AND COGNITION; p. 514-520, ISSN: 0278-2626, doi:
RUGGIERO G., RUOTOLO F, IACHINI T (2009). The role of vision in egocentric and allocentric spatial
frames of reference. COGNITIVE PROCESSING; p. 82-85, ISSN: 1612-4782, doi: 10.1007/s10339-009-0320-9
RUGGIERO G., SERGI I, IACHINI T (2008). Gender differences in remembering and inferring spatial distances. MEMORY, ISSN: 0965-8211, doi: 10.1080/
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G. (2010). The role of visual experience in mental scanning of spatial maps based onlocomotion: evidence from blind and sighted people. PERCEPTION, vol. 39; p. 953-969, ISSN: 0301-0066, doi:10.1068/p6457
IACHINI T, RUOTOLO F, RUGGIERO G. (2008). The effects of familiarity and gender on mental spatial representation of a real environment. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, ISSN: 0272-4944, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2008.07.001
IACHINI T, SERGI I, RUGGIERO G. (2005). Gender differences in object location memory in a real three-dimensional environment. BRAIN AND COGNITION, vol. 59; p. 52-59, ISSN: 0278-2626
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G. (2006). Egocentric and allocentric spatial frames of reference: a direct measure.
COGNITIVE PROCESSING, vol. 7; p. 126-127, ISSN: 1612-4782
RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T (2006). The effect of familiarity on egocentred and allocentred spatial representations of the environment. COGNITIVE PROCESSING, vol. 7; p. 88-89, ISSN: 1612-4782
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G., RUOTOLO F (2009). The effect of age on egocentric and allocentric spatial frames of reference. COGNITIVE PROCESSING; p. 222-224, ISSN: 1612-4782, doi:
IACHINI T, IAVARONE A, SENESE V P, RUOTOLO F, RUGGIERO G. (2009). Visuo-spatial memory in healthy elderly, AD and MCI: a review. CURRENT AGING SCIENCE, vol. 2, ISSN: 1874-6098
IACHINI T, GNISCI A, RUGGIERO G. (2003). Sex differences in object location memory in a real three-dimensional environment. COGNITIVE PROCESSING, vol. 4; p. 35, ISSN: 1612-4782
IACHINI T, PODERICO C, RUGGIERO G. (2003). Age differences on mental scanning of locomotor maps. COGNITIVE PROCESSING, vol. 4; p. 24, ISSN: 1612-4782
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G. (2006). Mental scanning of spatial images generated from locomotion. JOURNAL OF MENTAL IMAGERY, vol. 30 (1 & 2); p. 65-92, ISSN: 0364-5541
RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T, RUOTOLO F, SENESE VP (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. NY: NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-61668-139-5
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G., RUOTOLO F (2009). Spatial Memory and Large-Scale Ecological Environments. In: L.C. EKLUNG A.S. NYMAN EDS.. Learning and Memory Developments and Intellectual Disabilities. p. 191-209, NY: NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-60876-397-9
IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G., RUOTOLO F, PIZZA R (2008). Age and gender differences in some components of spatial cognition. In: H.T BENNINGHOUSE ET AL. EDS.. WOMEN AND AGING: NEW RESEARCH. NY: NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-60456-575-1
IACHINI T, PODERICO C, RUGGIERO G. (2005). Age differences in mental scanning of locomotor maps. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, vol. 27 (13); p. 741-752, ISSN: 0963-8288
IAVARONE A, IACHINI T, RUGGIERO G. (2005). Do panic-agoraphobics overestimate distances?. THE WORLD JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY, vol. 6 (4); p. 242-246, ISSN: 1562-2975 THE WORLD JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY
SENESE VP, RUOTOLO F, RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T (2010). Measurement Invariance of the Italian Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale Across Age, Gender, and Context noise. ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA, ISSN: 1610-1928
PODERICO C, RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T. E IAVARONE A (2006). Coping strategies and cognitive functioning in elderly people from a rural community. PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS, vol. 98; p. 159-168, ISSN: 0033-2941
SENESE VP, RUOTOLO F, RUGGIERO G., IACHINI T (2010). Measurement Invariance of the Italian Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale Across Age, Gender, and Context noise. In: 1st European Acoustic Association (EAA) EuroRegio 2010 Congress on Sound and Vibration, ISBN/ISSN: 978-961-269-283-4
- Iachini T, Sergi I, Ruggiero G, Gnisci A. Gender differences in object location memory in a real three-dimensional environment. Brain Cogn. 2005;59:52-9 pubmed..Overall, the data show a male advantage in some components of spatial cognition closely linked to the encoding of the metric structure of the spatial relationships at both route and survey level. ..
- Iachini T, Poderico C, Ruggiero G, Iavarone A. Age differences in mental scanning of locomotor maps. Disabil Rehabil. 2005;27:741-52 pubmed..Age differences emerge when demanding storage and processing of information are simultaneously required, as predicted by the Limited Resources view of aged cognition. ..
- Iavarone D, Del Castello E, Ruggiero G, Iachini T. Do panic-agoraphobics overestimate distances?. World J Biol Psychiatry. 2005;6:242-6 pubmed....
- Ruggiero G, Sergi I, Iachini T. Gender differences in remembering and inferring spatial distances. Memory. 2008;16:821-35 pubmed publisher..Overall, the findings suggest that gender differences favouring males are maximised with tasks requiring active processing and strategic control of metric information. ..
- Ruggiero G, Iachini T. The role of vision in the Corsi block-tapping task: evidence from blind and sighted people. Neuropsychology. 2010;24:674-9 pubmed publisher..The good performance of blind people, especially adventitiously ones, was interpreted as evidence that sequential haptic inputs were organized spatially. The possible cognitive processes underlying the performance were discussed. ..