Unit of Cognitive Primatology & Primate Center

Our aim is to understand the processes by which primates acquire and process information coming from physical and social stimuli.

We study capuchin monkeys' behaviour and cognition both in our Primate Center in Rome and in our field site in Brasil (EthoCebus Project)

Parole chiave:
  • cognition;
  • curiosity-driven learning;
  • intertemporal choice;
  • reciprocation;
  • social dynamics;
  • time discounting;
  • tool use;
  • visual perception
Gabriele Schino.


The comparative study of behavior and cognition in human and nonhuman primates enables to better understand developmental, cognitive and adaptive processes in the different species. The comparative study of cognition and behavior also allows further insight into major switching points in the phylogeny of primates. We put special emphasis on examining the processes by which primates acquire and process information coming from physical and social stimuli. In particular, we examine what kind of information is picked up, what factors facilitate acquisition of new behaviors, and the cognitive and social processes underlying the transmission of new behaviors in nonhuman primates. Finally, we compare our findings with related ones in the child literature.



Gabriele Schino






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Truppa V., Carducci P., De Simone D., Bisazza A., De Lillo C. Global/local processing of hierarchical visual stimuli in a conflict- choice task by capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.). In: Animal Cognition, vol. 20 pp. 347 - 357. Springer, 2017.  image   image

Contributi a libro

Taffoni F., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Sabbatini G., Formica D., Truppa V. Primates' propensity to explore objects: How manual actions affect learning in children and capuchin monkeys. In: The Hand: Perception, Cognition, Action. pp. 55 - 73. M. Bertolaso, N. Di Stefano (eds.). (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, vol. 38). Berlin: Springer, 2017.  image   image
Truppa V., Sabbatini G., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E. Platyrrhine Cognition. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. pp. 1 - 12. J. Vonk, T.K. Shackelford (eds.). Berlin: Springer, 2017.  image   image
Visalberghi E., Sabbatini G., Taylor A. H., Hunt G. R. Cognitive insights from tool use in nonhuman animals. In: APA Handbook of Comparative Psychology. vol. 2 pp. 673 - 701. J. Call (ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2017.  image   image


Dom, 01/07/2007 - Giov, 01/07/2010
Dom, 01/10/2006 - Mer, 31/03/2010
Mar, 01/01/2008 - Mer, 31/12/2008
Sab, 01/12/2007 - Dom, 30/11/2008
Ven, 01/07/2005 - Ven, 30/06/2006
Mar, 01/01/2002 - Ven, 31/12/2004
Giov, 01/01/2004 - Ven, 31/12/2004