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Previously: Ph.D. student in Animal Biology at the Istc-CNR Unit of Cognitive Primatology & Primate Center

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Short bio

I am a Ph.D. student in Animal Biology at the University of Rome ” Sapienza” and for my Ph.D. thesis I am working at the Unit of Cognitive Primatology (UCP) of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies – CNR, in Rome. Since 2007, I collaborated with the UCP for my Master thesis on aggressive behavior of a captive group of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). During my PhD, I worked with the team of the EthoCebus Project to collect and analyze data on tool use behavior of wild bearded capuchins (Cebus [Sapajus] libidinosus) in Brazil, and I was a visiting student at the Psychology Department of the University of Georgia, USA. I participated in several international primatological congresses.

Research interests

I am interested in tool selectivity and tool transport by wild bearded capuchins (Cebus [Sapajus] libidinosus) living in north-eastern Brazil. In particular, my work investigates how physical factors such as stone mass and distance of transport might affect the selection of a proper hammer-tool.

Personal page

http://www.istc.cnr.it/it/people/luciana-massaro

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