Giorgio Vallortigara

Giorgio VallortigaraProfessor 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.

Main interests

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.

Main collaborations

Publications 

For the complete list of publications, visit U-Gov catalogue, here.