Emanuele Rizzi

Assistant Teaching Professor


Office: DM 296A

Email: erizzi@fiu.edu

Dr. Rizzi is a cognitive psychologist who specializes in how our brain coordinates both skilled and everyday motor actions. He studied the cognition necessary to plan complex patterns of movement such as those necessary for sports, dance, and musical performance.

His prior research includes investigations into how skilled drummers coordinated both their arms and right leg when trying to execute a polyrhythmic tapping pattern in the lab. He has also worked on dynamic models of steering movements during tracking and driving to determine what people were paying attention to on a roadway. Such techniques may be beneficial for the development of advanced driver assistance systems in future cars.

Currently he is a full-time instructor teaching the basics of research practice. He also teaches the foundations of cognitive psychology and its related subfields. His goal is to introduce and spark interest in the areas related to cognitive psychology in a new generation of future researchers.


  • 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

Selected Publications

Rizzi, E., Jagacinski, R.J., & Bloom, B. (2021). Spatio-Temporal Flexibility of Attention Inferred from Drivers’ Steering Movements. Journal of Motor Behavior, 53(6), 758 – 769. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222895.2020.1868968

Jagacinski, R. J., Rizzi, E., Bloom, B. J., Turkkan, O. A., Morrison, T. N., Su, H., & Wang, J. (2019). Drivers’ attentional instability on a winding roadway. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 49 (6), 498 – 507. https://doi.org/10.1109/THMS.2019.2906612

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, 1703-1715. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000263