I am currently a senior research scientist at ISTC-CNR. I hold a Master Degree in Biology and a PhD in Animal Biology. During my PhD, I was a visiting student at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). Then, I held post-doctoral positions at ISTC-CNR (CNR and l'Orèal-UNESCO fellow), Pennsylvania State University (NATO-CNR Advanced fellow) and University of Zurich (CNR/SNF Exchange Program).
I am interested in comparative primate cognition and developmental psychology. My research activities are centered on the study of evolutionary origins and development of cognitive processes in non-human primates and preschool children. In particular, my recent work focuses on the following topics: decision-making under risk and over time, economic choice behavior, symbolic reasoning, influence of weaning style on child development.