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Dr. Franco Delogu
Director of Psychology

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication

Lawrence Technological University
Science Building, S233
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Dr. Franco Delogu

Background + Expertise


Franco Delogu is PhD in Cognitive Psychology, and has an extensive international experience in teaching and research in relevant areas of Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience.

He has been involved in post-doctoral research activity at the University of Rome, Italy (2005-2007), at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Tokyo, Japan (2008-2009), and at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands (2010-2012).

His main interest is in multisensory integration in perception and working memory. He is also interested in music processing and its interactions with action planning and with other domains of cognition, like language. From 2010 to 2012, as an IEF Marie Curie fellow, he received a 2-years research grant from the European community to investigate the role of sensory modalities (audition, vision, and haptics) in spatial working memory.

Before joining LTU, he has been teaching psychology since 2004 focusing on General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Perception, Psychology of Art, and History of Psychology in four different universities in Italy, and, less extensively, in Japan and in the Netherlands. 


Psychology, B.A., University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (1997).
Experimental Psychology, M.A., University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (1999)
Cognitive Psychology, Ph.D., University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (2004) 


Honors, Award, and Memberships

(2012-2014) Chinese Academy of Science, Research fellow at the CAS Institute of Psychology in Beijing, China

(2010-2012) European Community, Marie Curie Intra European Fellow at the Utrecht University

Since 2012, Associate Editor of Cognitive Processing

Since 2003, member of ECONA (Interuniversity Centre for Research on Cognitive Processing in  Natural and Artificial Systems).

Since 2004, member of ESCOP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology).

Since 2006, member of Sensibilia (Annual colloquium on aesthetics promoted by the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ICSC 2012), Rome, September 4-8, 2012.

Reviewer for the following journals: Memory, Acta Psychologica, Cognitive Processing, Philosophical Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology


Peer reviewed journal articles

Delogu, F., Huddas, C., Steven, K., Hachem, S., Lodhia, L., Fernandez, R. & Logerstedt, M. (2016). A Dissociation between Recognition and Hedonic Value in Caloric and Non-caloric Carbonated Soft Drinks. Frontiers in Psychology (in press).

Del Gatto, C., Brunetti, R., & Delogu, F. (2015). Cross-modal and intra-modal binding between identity and location in spatial working memory: The identity of objects does not help recalling their locations. Memory, (ahead-of-print), 1-13.

Delogu, F., Gravina, M., Nijboer, T., & Postma, A. (2014). Binding ‘what’ and ‘where’ in auditory working memory: an asymmetrical association between sound identity and sound location. Journal of Cognitive Psychology (in press) 

Brunetti, R., Del Gatto, C., & Delogu, F. (2014). eCorsi: Implementation and testing of the Corsi block-tapping task for digital tablets. Frontiers in Psychology5, 939.

Federico, F., Delogu, F., & Raffone, A. (2014). Maintenance and manipulation of object sequences in working memory: a lifespan study. Neurological Sciences, 1-5.

Zhou, L., Jiang, C., Delogu, F., Yang, Y. (2014). Spatial Conceptual Associations between Music and Pictures as Revealed by N400 Effect. Psychophysiology, 51 (6), 520-528.

Delogu, F., Tiest, W. M. B., Nijboer, T. C., Kappers, A. M., & Postma, A. (2013). Binding in Haptics: Integration of “What” and “Where” Information in Working Memory for Active Touch. PloS one8(2), e55606.


Delogu, F., Nijboer, T. C., & Postma, A. (2012). Encoding location and serial order in auditory working memory: evidence for separable processes. Cognitive processing13(3), 267-276.

Delogu, F., Nijboer, T., & Postma, A. (2012). Binding ‘when’ and ‘where’ impairs temporal, but not spatial recall in auditory and visual working memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 62. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00062.

Marie, C., Delogu, F., Lampis, G., Olivetti Belardinelli, M., & Besson, M. (2011). Influence of Musical Expertise on Segmental and Tonal Processing in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience,23(10), 2701-2715.

Delogu, F., Fedorov, G., Olivetti, M., & van Leeuwen, C. (2010). Perceptual preferences in depth stratification of transparent layers: photometric and non-photometric factors. Journal of Vision, 10(2), 19, 1-13.

D'Ausilio, A., Brunetti, R., Delogu, F., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2010). Musicians' auditory-motor integration: When and How does a sound interfere with a motor plan? Experimental Brain Research, 201(2), 323-330.

Delogu, F., Lampis, G., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2010). From melody to lexical tone: Musical ability enhances specific aspects of foreign language perception. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22(1), 46-61.

Delogu, F., Palmiero, M., Federici, S., Zhao, H., Plaisant, C., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2010). Non-visual exploration of geographic maps: does sonification help? Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 5(3), 164-174.

Delogu, F., Raffone, A., & Olivetti M. (2009). Semantic encoding in working memory: Is there a (multi)modality effect? Memory, 17(6), 655-663.

Delogu, F., Olivetti M., & Van Leeuwen, C. (2009). Photometric, figural and crossmodal factors in the perception of transparency and in depth stratification of layers Cognitive Processing, 10(2), 204-207.

Santonico, C., D'ausilio, A., Brunetti, R., Delogu, F., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2008). L'integrazione audiomotoria nei musicisti: quando il suono disturba l'esecuzione. Giornale di Psicologia, 2, 1-2. (Audiomotor integration in musicians: when sound disturbs performance, in Italian).

Delogu, F., Olivetti Belardinelli M., Palmiero, M., Pasqualotto, E., Zhao, H., Plaisant, C., & Federici, S. (2006). Interactive Sonification for blind people exploration of Geo-referenced Data: Comparison between a keyboard-exploration and a haptic-exploration interface. Cognitive Processing, 7(1), 178-179.

Delogu, F., Lampis, G., & Olivetti Belardinelli M. (2006). Music-to-language transfer effect: may melodic ability improve learning of tonal languages by native nontonal speakers? Cognitive Processing, 7, 203-207.

Delogu, F., Auricchio, L., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2006). Integrazione crossmodale nel riconoscimento del suono ambientale. Ricerche di Psicologia, 2 (Crossmodal integration in environmental sound recognition, in Italian).

Sestieri C., Olivetti Belardinelli, M, Di Matteo, R., Delogu, F., Del Gratta, C., Ferretti, A., Romani, G.L. (2006). Audio-visual Crossmodal interactions in environmental perception: an fMRI study. Cognitive Processing, 5(3), 167-174.

Delogu, F., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2003). Children's Recognition of their Musical Performances. M. Musicae Scientiae (Special Issue).

Pitti G., Delogu, F., Di Matteo R., & Olivetti Belardinelli M. (2002). Contributo alla individuazione delle relazioni tra capacità cognitivo-musicali e abilità nella soluzione dei problemi. Psicologia dell'educazione e della formazione, 4(2). (Contribution to the understanding of the link between musical abilities and problem solving, in Italian).


Journal articles submitted or in preparation

Galloni, G., Delogu, F., Olivetti Belardinelli, M., & Morabito, C. Multimodal encoding does not affect the recognition of unfamiliar voices and faces (in preparation).

Delogu, F., Brunetti, R., Olivetti Belardinelli, M. Cognitive constraints in music experience: A Nature-Nurture duet (submitted).

Delogu F., Jurica P., Olivetti M., & van Leeuwen C. Auditory influences in the perception of transparency (in preparation).


Invited papers, books, book chapters and full length conference proceedings

Delogu, F., Brunetti, R., Morabito, C. (2009). La musica e i vincoli cognitivi: Quali confini a fruizione e composizione? In  Sensibilia/2 2008 – Vincoli, T. Griffero e M. Di Monte, eds. Mimesis, Milano-Udine (Music and Cognitive Constraints: which boundaries for fruition and composition? In Italian).

Olivetti Belardinelli, M., Federici, S., Delogu, F., Palmiero, M. (2009). Sonification of Spatial Information: Audio-Tactile Exploration Strategies by Normal and Blind Subjects. In C. Stephanidis, (Ed.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction - Volume 2 of the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International 2009), San Diego, CA, USA, 19-24 July. Berlin Heidelberg: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series of Springer (LNCS 5615).

Delogu, F., Morabito, C. (2007). Introduzione alla psicologia dei processi cognitivi. ISBN 88-88044-07-8. Editore Scuola IaD - Università di Roma 2 "Tor Vergata" (An introduction to Cognitive Psychology. In Italian).



Delogu, F., Nijboer, T. & Postma, A. Attention modulates spatial and temporal encoding in auditory and visual working memory in proceedings of the XVIIth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology September 29th - October 2nd 2011 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Olivetti, M., Delogu, F., Palmiero, M., Pasqualotto, E., Federici, S., Plaisant, C. (2007) Interactive Sonification of Geographical Maps: a Behavioural Study with Blind Subjects. in Proceedings of the XVth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. 29st - September 1st 2007 Marseille, France.

Delogu, F., Lampis, G., Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2007) From Melody to Prosody: Music Transfer Effect in Mandarin Chinese Lexical Tone Detection in Proceedings of the XVth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. 29th August - September 1st 2007 Marseille, France.

Delogu, F., Lampis, G., Olivetti Belardinelli M., (2006) Does Musical Melodic Intelligence enhance the perception of mandarin lexical tones? In proceedings of the IXth Conference on Music Perception and Cognition August 22nd - August 26th 2006 Bologna, Italy.

Delogu, F., Olivetti Belardinelli M., (2005) Crossmodality and Working Memory in proceedings of the XIVth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology August 31st - September 3rd 2005 Leiden, The Netherlands.

Zhao, H., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B., Delogu, F., Pasqualotto, E., Palmiero, M., Olivetti Belardinelli, M., (2005). iSonic: Interactive Sonification for Geo-referenced Data Exploration for the Vision Impaired in Buono, P., Costabile, MF., Paternò, F., Santoro, C. INTERACT '05 Communicating naturally through Computers, Tenth IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (interact2005) 12-16 September 2005, Rome, Italy.

Delogu, F., Brunetti R. e Olivetti Belardinelli M, (2004). Does melodic information influence rhythmic performance? A computer-based experimental approach. in proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition. August, 3-7, 2004. Evanston, IL, USA.


Poster Presentations

Van der Ham, I., Van der Kuil, M. & Delogu, F. I. (2011, September). Multisensory processing during spatial navigation. Poster session presented at the XVIIth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Brunetti, R., Delogu, F., Del Gatto, C., Del Grosso, E. & D'Ausilio, A. (2011, September). Words prime actions: How semantics affect facilitation and interference of motor programming. Poster session presented at the XVIIth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Marie, C., Delogu, F., Lampis, G., Olivetti Belardinelli, M., & Besson, M. (2009, August). Influence of musical expertise on tonal-language processing: Behavioural and Electrophysiological study. Poster session presented at the Proceedings of the 7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). Jyväskylä, Finland. 

Galloni, G., Delogu, F. Morabito, C., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2008). Voice, face and speech motion: interactions in person recognition. Poster session presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), Hamburg, Germany.

Courses Taught

PSY4221 Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory
PSY 1213 Introductory Psychology
PSY 3213 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 3223 Experimental Psychology Lab
PSY 3413 Sensation & Perception


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