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Emanuele Rizzi

Assistant Teaching Professor


Office: DM 296A


Research Areas

Dr. Rizzi is a cognitive psychologist with research interests in how our brain coordinates both skilled and everyday motor actions. He studies the cognition necessary to plan the complex patterns of movement necessary for activities such as sports, dance, and musical performance. For example, he has investigated how skilled drummers coordinated both their arms and right leg when trying to execute a polyrhythmic tapping pattern in the lab.

Jagacinski, R. J., Rizzi, E., Bloom, B. J., Turkkan, O. A., Morrison, T. N., Su, H., & Wang, J. (in press) Drivers’ attentional instability on a winding roadway. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.

Jagacinski, R. J., Hammond, G. M., & Rizzi, E. (2017). Measuring Memory and Attention to Preview in Motion. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 59(5), 796-810.

Jagacinski, R. J., Rizzi, E., Kim, T. H., Lavender, S. A., Speller, L. F., & Klapp, S. T. (2016). Parallel streams versus integrated timing in multilimb pattern generation: A test of Korte's Third Law. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(11), 1703-1715.

Most recently, he utilized a dynamic modeling approach to analyze steering movements during tracking and driving to determine where people were attending on a roadway. Such techniques may be beneficial for the development of advanced driver assistance systems in future cars. Studying these effects also reveals the complex interactions between movement and cognition.


  • PhD, Cognitive Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • MS, Cognitive Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • BS, Psychology & Statistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Courses Taught

  • EXP 4604 Cognitive Processes
  • PSY 3211 Research Methods