Raffaella Rumiati

Raffaella Rumiati is Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA. She graduated with a Master's degree in philosophy, with a psychology curriculum, and obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Bologna, Italy, while doing her research towards the PhD thesis at the School of Psychology of Birmingham University, UK.

Her scientific publication record counts more than 100 peer reviewed publications on cognitive neuroscientific topics, but she is also been publishing in newspapers and magazines (pee es., Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Pagine Ebraiche, Il Piccolo, Sapere, Mente e Cervello).

She is a member of the Editorial board of the peer reviewed journal “Cognitive Neuropsychology”, an Action Editor for “Brain and Cognition” and serves as ad hoc reviewer for many international journals within the cognitive neurosciences. She gave about 70 talks as an invited speaker in Italy and abroad. She is a member of the steering committee of the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology (http://bressanone.dur.ac.uk/).

She spent several research visiting periods at the London National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London, UK), at the Max Planck Institute for Psychology in Munich, Germany, at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot (Israel), and a year at the Forschungszentrum (FSZ, Jülich, Germany). She is visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Symbolic Cognitive Development, Intellectual Brain Function Research Group of the Brain Science Institute of RIKEN, Japan.

In 2003, she received the Bessel Prize (von HumboldtStiftung) and in 2006 the Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award for her support to female young investigator. In 2013 the Comune di Piacenza awarded her with the  “Premio Pulcheria”.



Carmo, J. C., Gonçalves, F., Souza, C., Pinho, S., Filipe, C. N., & Rumiati, R. Over-imitation in autism spectrum disorder: Causally opaque and transparent actions (submitted).

Baumeister, J. C., Winkielman, P., Rumiati, R. Conrad, M. & Foroni, F. Embodiment and Emotional Memory in First vs. Second Language (submitted).

Ambron, A., Piretti, L., Verriello, L., Segnan, L., Eleopra, R. & Rumiati, R. From basic to higher social cognition deficits in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. (submitted). 

Aiello, M., Eleopra, R., Piani, A., & Rumiati, R.I. Cognitive decline, weight gain and eating alterations following STN-DBS (submitted).

Foroni, F., Rumiati, R.I., Coricelli, C. & Ambron, A.  A bait that we cannot avoid: Food-induced motor distractibility. Brain and Cognition (under review).

Piretti, L., Rumiati, R.I., Carnaghi, A. & Ambron, A. Don’t judge a book by the cover. The semantic attribution of social groups. Neuroscience Research (under review).

Turella, L., Tucciarelli, R., Oosterhof, N.N., Weisz, N., Rumiati, R.I., & Lingnau, A. Neural dynamics underlying action representations for motor planning. 

Tessari, A. & Rumiati, R.I. Should I stay or should I go? Route selection in imitation of actions. Acta Psychologica (under review).

Aiello, M., Silani, V., & Rumiati, R.I. You stole my food! Eating alterations in Frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Neurocase.

Ambron, E., Rumiati, R.I. & Foroni, F. Do emotions or gender drive our actions? A study of motor distractibility. Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 1-10.

Rumiati, R.I., & Humphreys, G. (2015). Cognitive Neuroscience goes social. Cortex, 70, 1-4.

Rumiati, R.I. & Foroni, F. We are what we eat: How food is represented in our mind/brain. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, in press.

Piretti, L., Carnaghi, A., Campanella, F. Ambron, E., Skrap, M. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). The neural network associated with lexical-semantic knowledge about social groups. Cortex, in press.

Mengotti, P. Ripamonti, E., Pesavento, V. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). Anatomical and spatial matching in imitation: Evidence from left and right brain-damaged patients. Neuropsychologia, 79B, 256–271.

Carnaghi, A., Silveri, M.C. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). On the relationship between semantic knowledge and prejudice about social groups in patients with dementia. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 28, 71-79.

Tessari, A., Toraldo, A., Lunardelli, A., Zadini, A., & Rumiati, R.I. STIMA: A Short screening Test for Ideo-Motor Apraxia, selective for action meaning and bodily district. Neurological Sciences, 36, 977-984.

Ambron, E., Lingnau, A., Lunardelli, A., Pesavento, V. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). The effect of goals and vision on movements: A case study of optic ataxia and limb apraxia. Brain and Cognition, 95, 77-89.

Civai, C., Miniussi, C., & Rumiati, R.I.. (2015).  Medial prefrontal cortex reacts to unfairness if this damages the self: a tDCS study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 1054-1060.

Baumeister, J., Foroni, F. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). When the mask falls: The role of facial muscle resonance in memory for emotional language. Acta Psychologica, 155, 29-36.

Papeo, L., Cecchetto, C., Mazzon, G., Granello, G., Cattaruzza, T., Verriello, L., Eleopra, R. & Rumiati, R.I. (2015). The processing of actions and-action words in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients, Cortex, 64, 136-147.

Tomasino, R., Marin, D., Canderan, C., Maieron, M., Skrap, M., & Rumiati, R.I. (2014). Neuropsychological patterns following lesions of the anterior insula in a series of forty neurosurgical patients. IMS Neuroscience, 1, 225-244.

Cecchetto, C., Aiello, M., Eleopra, R., Rumiati, R.I. (2014). Facial and bodily emotion recognition in multiple sclerosis: the role of alexithymia and other characteristics of the disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 1004-14.

Aiello, M., Eleopra, R., & Rumiati, R.I. (2014). Body weight and food intake in Parkinson’s disease: A review of the association to non-motor symptoms. Appetite, 84C, 204-211.

Cicerale, A., Ambron, E., Lingnau, A., & Rumiati, R.I. (2014). A kinematic analysis of age-related changes in grasping to use and grasping to move common objects. Acta Psychologica, 151C, 134-142. 

Aiello, M., Eleopra, R., Lettieri, C., Mondani, M., Belgrado, E., Piani, A., De Simone, L., Rinaldo, S. & Rumiati, R.I. (2014). Emotion recognition in Parkinson’s disease after subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation: Differential effects of lesion and STN stimulation. Cortex, 51, 35-45.

Rumiati R.I. (2014). One or two things I know about apraxia. Cortex, 57, 279-280.

Rumiati, R.I., Carnaghi, A., Improta, E., Diez, A.L., & Silveri, M.C. (2014). Social groups have a representation of their own: Clues from neuropsychology. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 85-96.

Lunardelli, A., Sartori, A. Mengotti, P., Rumiati R.I. & Pesavento, V. (2014). Intermittent alien hand syndrome and callosal apraxia in multiple sclerosis: implications for interhemispheric communication. Behavioural Neurology, 2014:873541. doi: 10.1155/2014/873541. Epub 2014 Feb 18.

Vicario C.M., & Rumiati R.I. (2014). Left-right compatibility in the processing of trading verbs. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, Jan 28;8:16. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00016. eCollection 2014.

Carmo, J. Rumiati, R.I., Siugzdaite, R. & Brambilla, P. (2013). Preserved imitation of known gestures in children with high-functioning autism. ISRN Neurology 2013 Aug 25;2013:751516. doi: 10.1155/2013/751516.

Tomasino, B., Maieron, M., Guatto, E. Fabbro, F., & Rumiati R.I. (2013). How are the motor system activity and the functional connectivity between the cognitive and sensory motor systems modulated by athletic expertise? Brain Research, 1540, 21-41.

Faber, A.H., Gade, M. Lunardelli, A., & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). “Tomato and Tuna Test” for language-free assessment of action understanding. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 26, 208-17.

Tomasino, B. & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). Introducing the special topic "The when and why of sensorimotor processes in conceptual knowledge and abstract concepts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Aug 26;7:498. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00498.

Mengotti, P., Corradi-dell’Acqua, C., Negri G.A.L., Pesavento, V., & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). Selective imitation impairments differentially interact with language processing. Brain, 136, 2602-18. doi: 10.1093/brain/awt194.

Tomasino, B., Lotto, L., Sarlo, M., Civai, C., Rumiati, R., & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). Framing the ultimatum game: the contribution of simulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Jul 9;7:337. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00337. 

Civai, C., Rumiati, R.I., & Rustichini, A. (2013). Driving principles in Decision-Making: the role of abstract moral rules. Acta Psychologica, 144, 12-18.

Tomasino, B. & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). At the mercy of strategies: the role of motor representations in language understanding. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:27. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00027. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

Foroni, F., Pergola, G., Argiris, G. & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). The FoodCast research image database (FRIDa). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:51. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00051. Epub 2013 Mar 1. PMID: 23459781

De Simone, L., Tomasino, B., Eleopra, R. & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). The effects of healthy aging on mental imagery as revealed by egocentric and allocentric mental spatial transformations. Acta Psychologica, 143,146-56. 

Bonivento, C., Rumiati, R.I., Biasutti, E. & Humphreys, G.W. (2013). The role of the basal ganglia in action Imitation: Neuropsychological evidence from Parkinson’s disease patients. Experimental Brain Research, 224, 211-20.

Papeo, L., & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). Lexical and gestural symbols in left-damaged patients. Cortex, 49,1668-78.

Grecucci, A., Brambilla, P., Siugzdaite, R., Londero, D., Fabbro, F. & Rumiati, R.I. (2013). Emotional resonance deficits in autistic children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 616-28.

Corradi dell’Acqua C., Civai, C., Rumiati, R.I., & Fink, G.R. (2013). Disentangling self- and fairness- related mechanisms in the Ultimatum Game: an fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 424-431.

Vicario, C. & Rumiati, R.I. (2012). tDCS of the primary Motor Cortex improves the detection of semantic dissonance. Neuroscience Letters, 518, 133-7.

Carmo, J.C., Rumiati, R.I., & Vallesi, A. (2012). Understanding and imitating actions: Distinct underlying mechanisms. PlosOne. 7(10):e46939. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046939. Epub 2012 Oct 10. PMID: 23071668

Papeo, L., Rumiati, R.I., Cecchetto, C., & Tomasino, B. (2012). On-line changing of thinking about words: The effect of cognitive context on neural responses to verb reading. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 2348-62.

Civai, C., Crescentini, C., Rustichini, A. & Rumiati, R.I. (2012). Equality versus self-interest in the brain: differential roles of anterior insula and medial prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 62, 102-12.

Cantagallo, A. Maini, M. & Rumiati, R.I. (2012). The cognitive rehabilitation of limb apraxia in patients with stroke. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22, 473-88. 

Tomasino, B., Guatto, E., Rumiati, R.I., & Fabbro, F. (2012). The role of elite volleyball expertise in motor simulation. Acta Psychologica, 139, 1-6.

Mengotti, P., Ticini, L.F., Schütz-Bosbach, S. & Rumiati, R.I. (2012). Imitating others’ actions: Transcranial magnetic stimulation of the parietal opercula reveals the processes underlying automatic imitation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 316-22.

Mengotti, P., Corradi dell’Acqua, C., & Rumiati, R.I. (2012). Neural correlates of spatial and anatomical components in action imitation. Neuroimage, 59, 1622-30.

Jordan-Young, R. & Rumiati, R.I. (2011). Hardwired for Neurosexism? Approaches to Sex/Gender in Neuroscience. Neuroethics, DOI: 10.1007/s12152-011-9134-4.

Crescentini, C. Mengotti, P. Grecucci, A. & Rumiati, R.I. (2011). The effect of observed biological and non-biological movements on action imitation: An fMRI study. Brain Research, 1420, 80-92.

Grecucci, A., & Koch, I. & Rumiati, R.I. (2011). The role of emotional context in facilitating imitative actions. Acta Psychologica, 138, 311-5.

Papeo, L., Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C. & Rumiati, R.I. (2011). “She” is not like “I”: The tie between language and action is in our imagination. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 3939-48.

Tomasino, B., Skrap, M. & Rumiati, R.I. (2011). The role of the human motor hand area in mental rotation: Neuropsychological Evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2068-78.

Papeo, L., Negri, G.A.L., Zadini, A. & Rumiati, RI. (2010). Action performance and action-word understanding: Evidence of double dissociations in left-damaged patients. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 27, 428-61.

Civai, C., Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C. & Rumiati, R.I. (2010). Are irrational reactions to unfairness truly emotionally-driven? Dissociated behavioral and electrodermal responses in the Ultimatum Game task. Cognition. 114, 89-95.

Grecucci, A., Soto, D., Rumiati, R.I., Humphreys, G.W. & Rotshein, P. (2010). The inter-relations between verbal working memory and visual selection of emotional faces. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1189-200.

Rumiati, R.I., Papeo, L., & Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C. (2010). Higher-level motor processes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1191, 219-41. 

Noy, L. Rumiati, R.I. & Flash, T. (2009). In a simple movement imitation task, kinematic features are sufficient to map perceptions into actions. Brain and Cognition, 69, 360-8.

Carmo, J.C. & Rumiati, R.I. (2009). Imitation of transitive and Intransitive actions in healthy individuals. Brain and Cognition, 69, 460-4.

Papeo, L., Vallesi, A., Isaja, A. & Rumiati, R.I. (2009). Implicit and explicit processing of motor and non-motor verbs and the role of the primary motor cortex: A TMS study. PLOSone. I 4(2):e4508.

Rumiati, R.I. Carmo, J.C. & Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C. (2009). Neuropsychological perspectives on the mechanisms of imitation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364, 2337-47.

Grecucci, A., Balaban, E., Buiatti, T., Budai, R. & Rumiati, R.I. (2009). The emotional control of action: Evidence from an ERP study. Archives Italiennes de Biologie, 147, 37-49.

Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C., Ueno, K., Ogawa, A., Cheng K., Rumiati, R.I. & Iriki, A. (2008). Effects of shifting perspective of the Self: an fMRI study. NeuroImage. 40, 1902-1911.

Lunardelli, A., Zadini, A. Gigli, G. & Rumiati, R.I. (2008). Praxic and executive components in tool use learning: The role of imitation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25, 1077–1098. 

Corradi-Dell’Acqua, C., Hesse, M.D, Rumiati R.I. & Fink, R.G. (2008). Where is a nose with respect to a foot? The left posterior parietal cortex processes spatial relationships among body parts. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 2879-90.

Tessari, A., Canessa, N., Ukmar, M. & Rumiati, R.I. (2007). Neuropsychological evidence for a strategic control of multiple routes in imitation. Brain, 130, 1111-1126.

Grecucci, A., Cooper, R., & Rumiati, R.I. (2007). A computational model of action resonance and its modulation by emotional stimulation. Cognitive Systems Research, 8, 143-160.

Mahon B.Z., Milleville S.C., Negri G.A., Rumiati R.I., Caramazza A. & Martin A. (2007). Action-related properties of objects shape object representations in the ventral stream. Neuron, 55, 507-20.

Lesk, V.E., Womble, S.P., & Rumiati R.I. (2007). Testing graceful degradation in a patient with aphasia. Neurocase, 18, 1-8. 

Negri, G.A.L., Rumiati, R.I., Zadini, A., Ukmar, M., Mahon, B.Z. &
Caramazza, A. (2007). What is the role of motor simulation in action and object recognition? Evidence from apraxia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 795-816.

Negri, G., Lunardelli, A., Gigli, G.L., & Rumiati, R.I. (2007). Degraded semantic knowledge and accurate object use. Cortex, 2, 376-388.

Koch, I. & Rumiati, R.I. (2006). Task-set and memory-consolidation bottleneck in dual tasks. Psychological Research, 8, 1-11.

Tessari, A., Bosanac, D., & Rumiati, R.I. (2006). Effect of learning on imitation of new actions: Implications for a memory model. Experimental Brain Research, 3, 507-513.

Koch, I., Reverberi, C., & Rumiati, R.I. (2006). Learning hierarchically structured action sequences is unaffected by prefrontal cortex lesion. Experimental Brain Research, 4, 667-75.

Tomasino, B., Borroni P., Isaja, A., & Rumiati, R. (2005). The role of primary motor cortex in mental rotation: A TMS study. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 22, 348-363.

Rumiati RI. Right, left or both? (2005). Brain hemispheres and apraxia of naturalistic actions. Trends Cognitive Science, 9, 167-9. Review.

Shallice, T., Venable, N., & Rumiati, R.I. (2005). Dissociable distal and proximal motor components: Evidence from perseverative errors in three apraxic patients. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 22, 625-639.

Rumiati, R.I., Weiss, P.H., Tessari, A., Assmus, A., Zilles, K., Herzog, H. & R. Fink, R.G. (2005). Common and differential neural mechanisms supporting imitation of meaningful and meaningless actions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1420-1431.

Tomasino, B., Budai, R., Mondani, M., Skrap, M. & Rumiati, R.I. (2005). Mental rotation in a patient with an implanted electrode grid in the motor cortex. NeuroReport, 16, 1795-1800.

Zoia, S., Pelamatti, G., & Rumiati, R.I. (2004). Praxic skills in down and mentally retarded adults: evidence for multiple action routes. Brain and Cognition, 1, 7-17.

Rumiati, R.I., Weiss, P.H., Shallice, T., Ottoboni, G., Noth, J., Zilles, K., & Fink G.R. (2004). The neural basis of pantomiming the use of visually presented objects. NeuroImage, 21, 1224-31.

Tomasino, B. & Rumiati, R.I. (2004). Effects of strategies on mental rotation and hemispheric lateralization: neuropsychological evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 878-888.

Tomasino, B., Vorano, L., Skrap, M., Gigli, G, Rumiati, R.I. (2004). Effects of strategies on mental rotation performed by unilateral brain damaged patients. Cortex, 40, 197-199.

Tessari, A. & Rumiati R.I. (2004). The strategic control of multiple routes in imitation of actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30, 1107-1116.

Tomasino, B, Toraldo, A., & Rumiati, R.I. (2003). Dissociation between the mental rotation of visual images and motor images in unilateral brain-damaged patients. Brain & Cognition, 51, 368-371.

Tomasino, B., Rumiati, R.I., & Umiltà, C.A. (2003). Selective deficit of motor imagery as tapped by a left-right decision of visually presented hands. Brain and Cognition, 53, 376-380.

Rumiati, R.I., & Bekkering, H. (2003). Imitate or not to imitate? Why and how humans do it. Brain and Cognition, 53, 479-482.

Rumiati, R.I., & Tessari, A. (2002). Imitation of novel and well-known actions: The role of short-term memory. Experimental Brain Research, 142, 425-433.

Shallice, T., Marzocchi, G.M., Meuter, R.F.I., Coser, S., Del Savio, M., & Rumiati, R.I. (2002). Executive function profile of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Developmental Neuropsychology, 21(1), 43-71.

Zanini, S., Rumiati, R.I., & Shallice, T. (2002). Action sequencing deficit following frontal lobe lesions. Neurocase, 8, 88-99.

Tessari, A., & Rumiati, R.I. (2002). Motor distal component and pragmatic representation of objects. Cognitive Brain Research, 14(2), 218-227.

Meuter, R.F.I., Humphreys, G.W., & Rumiati, R.I. (2002). Bilingual language switching and the frontal lobes: Modularity control in language selection. International Journal of Bilingualism, 6, 109-124.

Tessari, A., Rumiati, R.I., & Haggard, P. (2002). Imitation without awareness. Neuroreport, 13, 2531-35.

Rumiati, R.I., Zanini, S., Vorano, L. & Shallice, T. (2001). A form of Ideational Apraxia as a deficit of contention scheduling. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 18, 617-642.

Toraldo, A., Reverberi, C, & Rumiati, R.I. (2001). Critical dimensions affecting imitation performance of patients with ideomotor apraxia. Cortex, 37, 737-740.

Rumiati, R.I., Tomasino, B., Vorano, L., Umiltà, C., & De Luca G. (2001). Selective deficit of imagining finger configurations. Cortex, 37, 730-733.

Shallice, T. Rumiati, R.I. & Zadini, A. (2000). The selective impairment of the phonological output buffer. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 17, 517-546.

Rumiati, R.I. (2000). Cognitive neuroscience of actions: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Brain and Cognition, 44, 117-123.

Zanini, S., Bearzotti, F., Vorano, L., De Luca, G. & Rumiati, R.I. (1999). The assessment of utilization apraxia. Europa Medico Physica, 35, 119-124.

Rumiati, R.I. & Humphreys, G.W. (1998). Recognition by action: dissociating visual and semantic routes to actions in normal observers. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 2, 631-647.

Luzzatti, C., Rumiati, R.I. & Ghirardi, G. (1998). A functional model of visuo-verbal disconnection and the neuroanatomical constraints of optic aphasia. Neurocase, 4, 71-87.

Humphreys, G.W. & Rumiati, R.I. (1998). When joys come not in single spies but in battalions: Within-modality identification increases the accessibility of degraded stored knowledge. Neurocase, 4, 111-126.

Humphreys, G.W. & Rumiati, R.I. (1998). Agnosia without prosopagnosia or alexia: Evidence for stored visual memories specific to objects. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 15, 243-277.

Humphreys, G.W. & Rumiati, R.I. (1995). Recovering recognition: How reactivating degraded memories can facilitate name retrieval in “Representational Deficits”. Brain and Language, 51, 49-51.

Rumiati, R.I., Humphreys, G.W., Riddoch, J.M. & Bateman, A. (1994). Visual object agnosia without prosopagnosia or alexia: Evidence for hierarchical theories of visual recognition. Visual Cognition, 1, 181-225.

Rumiati, R.I. & Humphreys, G.W. (1997). Visual object agnosia without alexia or prosopagnosia: Arguments for separate knowledge stores. Visual Cognition, 4, 207-218.

Forde, E.M.E., Francis, D., Riddoch, J.M., Rumiati, R.I. & Humphreys, G.W. (1997). On the links between visual knowledge and naming: A single study of a patient with a category specific impairment for living things. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 14, 403-458.

Luzzatti, C., Rumiati, R.I. & Ghirardi, G. (1996). Visuo-verbal disconnection and its anatomical constraints in optic aphasia. Brain & Cognition, 32, 199-202.