Professor Vallortigara is the Director of the Center, he is Full Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Animal Cognition and Neuroscience Lab (CIMeC), University of Trento
News - ERC advanced Grant
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 2.3-million Euros to fund research being conducted by ethologist and neuroscientist Giorgio Vallortigara. The title of the project is "Predisposed mechanisms for social orienting: A comparative neuro-cognitive approach". Discover the details of the project here.
Spatial cognition in the avian brain and rodent brain. I am interested in the mechanisms underlying use of geometry in spatial navigation. I use domestic chicks, mice and rats as systems model and a combination of behavioural and neurobiological methods.
Number cognition, using operant and imprinting techniques in frogs, some species of corvids, and domestic chicks. The research work involves investigation of both cardinal and ordinal aspects of number. We also plan to investigate intuitive notions of probability in animals (in chicks and non-human primates).
Biological predisposition in recognition of animated objects. The research project involves investigation of phenomena such as biological motion perception and face-like stimuli recognition. We study newly-hatched chicks and human newborns using behavioural techniques and, respectively, hymmuno-hystochemistry and NIRS for investigation of the brain areas involved in the biological predispositions.
- Toshiya Matsushima, Sapporo University, Japan
- Richard Andrew, Sussex University, U.K.
- Lesley J. Rogers, UNE, Australia
- E.S. Spelke, Harvard University, USA
- Francesca Simion, Padua University, Italy
- Lucia Regolin, Padua University, Italy
- Colin Lever, Durham University, U.K.
- Valter Tucci, IIT, Genoa, Italy
- Debbie Kelly, University of Manitoba, Canada