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My main research focuses on the role of sensorimotor experience in biasing visuospatial attention and in shaping the representation of time. In particular, I investigate how our brains manage to adjust prior directional experience to current information coming from the different senses (such as sight and hearing) to orient our bodies in space and in time. In addition to exploring the basic mechanisms of space-time processing, I am interested in how these develop over the lifespan, and how they are affected by emotion. Understanding how sensorimotor practice may lead to changes in our sense of space and time has far-reaching implications to different areas of cognitive sciences, including linguistics and philosophy, and more generally to provide insights on how culture sculpts cognition. 


  • Rinaldi, L., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2017). Intelligence as a Developing Function: A Neuroconstructivist Approach. JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENCE, 5(2), 18-18. Dettaglio
  • Rinaldi, L., Vecchi, T., Fantino, M., Merabet, L., & Cattaneo, Z. (2017). The Ego-Moving Metaphor of Time Relies on Visual Experience: No Representation of Time Along the Sagittal Space in the Blind. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. GENERAL. Dettaglio
  • Rinaldi, L., & Girelli, L. (2016). A Place for Zero in the Brain. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 20(8), 563-564. Dettaglio
  • Rinaldi, L., Locati, F., Parolin, L., Bernardi, N., & Girelli, L. (2016). Walking on a mental time line: Temporal processing affects step movements along the sagittal space. CORTEX, 78, 170-173. Dettaglio
  • Rinaldi, L., Brugger, P., Bockisch, C., Bertolini, G., & Girelli, L. (2015). Keeping an eye on serial order: Ocular movements bind space and time. COGNITION, 142, 291-298. Dettaglio