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Research Director. Scientific Coordinator of the Unit of Cognitive Primatology & Primate Center of the ISTC-CNR

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Fax: +39 06 3217090

Address: Unit of Cognitive Primatology and Primate Center
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council
Via Aldrovandi 16 b - 00197 Roma

Short bio

Pursuing an early passion for animal behaviour, I got a degree and then a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rome. Since then, I kept studying primate behaviour in several different species. I conduct my research at the CNR Primate Center, hosted by the Bioparco in Rome, and in a variety of other captive and field settings in collaboration with colleagues in several countries. My research interests led me to apply a variety of methods, ranging from behavioural observations and experiments, to meta-analyses of published research and computer modelling. I regularly supervise students for their Master or PhD thesis, and I have published about 110 papers in scientific journals and books.

Research interests

I have a broad interest in animal social behaviour, with a special (but not exclusive) focus on primates. My research investigates how monkeys manage their social relationships, exchange cooperative behaviours, and raise their infants. A special attention is given to the emotional and cognitive basis of social behaviour, exploring what monkeys understand of their own social relationships, and if/how they "plan" their social interactions.

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