My research

focuses on the evolutionary roots of human judgment and decision-making, by comparing how humans and other primates acquire and process information, and, ultimately, make decisions. In doing so, I aim to elucidate which aspects of decision-making are unique to humans, as well as how species’ differences in life history, ecology and social structure account for differences in their decision strategies.

The evolution of decision-making strategies

Why have humans evolved irrational decision-making biases, even when they are skilled at weighing costs and benefits accurately in a variety of other contexts?..... read more

Evolutionary variation in judgment and decision-making

Which factors are responsible for interspecific differences in cognitive skills?..... read more

The development of decision strategies during the lifespan

How do decision strategies change over human development?..... read more

The evolution of money

The use of money is evolutionarily unique to humans, so why is our species so motivated to obtain money?..... read more

About me

I come from a small rural village in the south of Italy. Currenlty, I am a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse in France.  I received my PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, with a focus on Anthropology, from the University of Rome in 2016.

I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Alexandra Rosati, based first at Harvard University and then at University of Michigan.

For more information about me you can access my CV here. 

My research sites

 Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest

A Great Day Out For All The Family

Monkey Forest is home to 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques. Visitors walk along the 3/4 of a mile pathway. Walk, watch and be AMAZED as the endangered monkeys live as they would in the wild.

Duke Lemur Center

Duke Lemur Center

world leader in the study, care, and protection of lemurs

Earth’s most threatened group of mammals. With more than 200 animals across 14 species, the DLC houses the world’s largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar.

 The Primate Center - CNR

The Primate Center - CNR

comparative studies of cognition and behavior

Our research group puts special emphasis on examining the processes by which primates acquire and process information coming from physical and social stimuli.

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Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse Université Toulouse 1 Capitole 1, esplanade de l'Université 31080 Toulouse Cedex 06 FRANCE

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