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Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino

Email:
eugenia.polizzi@istc.cnr.it
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+39 06 3221437
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+39 063210907
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Via Ulisse Adrovandi 16b
00199 Roma

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Position: 
Research Fellow
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KEYWORDS: Social dynamics, reciprocity and behavioural interchanges, conflict management strategies, Curiosity-driven learning

 

Research

I got a PhD in Animal Behaviour at the Liverpool John
Moores University and I'm now an associate researcher at the ISTC-CNR of Rome. Since
the beginning of my career I focused my research on the study of cooperation in
group-living animals, especially in non-human primates (Japanese macaques and capuchin
monkeys). Specifically, I addressed the cognitive implications of reciprocation
and exchanges of "social services" as it is for grooming and
coalitionary behaviours.

I continued this line of research  focusing on the cognitive and social
implications of conflict management strategies, specifically on both
anticipatory and postconflict mechanisms of social regulation. During the past years,
I have broaden my reserach interest toward a more *complexity-based* approach
of animal social behaviour and I'm currently interested in new tools of
analysis, such as social network analyses.

I have been involved in different research
projects, from studies investigating the intrinsic motivation that drives
exploratory behaviours and learning in capuchin monkeys to the evolutionary
roots of property and ownership.

Beside my scientific interest in non-human primates, since 2013 I've joined the JRC's Behavioural Economic Team as scientific officer, and my job is to provide evidence-based scientific support to policy makers, applying insights from behavioural science to public policy (e.g., public health). I'm currently investigating behavioural change interventions aimed at encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Publications


Journal articles

   2014
Pasquaretta C., Leve M., Claidiere N., Van De Waal E., Whiten A., Macintosj A., Pele M., Bergstrom M., Brosnan S., Crofoot M., Fedigan L., Fichtel C., Hopper L., Mareno M. C., Petit O., Scnoell A. V., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Thierry B., Tiddi B., Sueur C. Social networks in primates: smart and tolerant species have more efficient networks. In: Scientific reports, vol. 4 pp. 1 - 8. Nature.com, 2014. [Online First 20 August 2014]  image   image
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Sabbatini G., Truppa V., Bordonali A., Taffoni F., Formica D., Baldassarre G., Mirolli M., Guglielmelli E., Visalberghi E. Exploration and learning in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.): the role of action-outcome contingencies. In: Animal Cognition, vol. 17 pp. 1081 - 1088. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2014.  image   image   image

   2012
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Massaro L., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. Between-group hostility affects within-group interactions in tufted capuchin monkeys. In: Animal Behaviour, vol. 83 (2) pp. 445 - 451. Elsevier, 2012.  image   image
Polizzi di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Tiddi B., Aureli F. Scratching as a Window into the Emotional Responses of Wild Tufted Capuchin Monkeys. In: Ethology, vol. 118 pp. 1072 - 1084. Blackwell, 2012.  image   image
Taffoni F., Vespignani M., Formica D., Cavallo G., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Sabbatini G., Truppa V., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G., Visalberghi E., Keller F., Guglielmelli E. A mechatronic platform for behavioral analysis of non human primates. In: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 11 (1) pp. 87 - 101. Imperial College Press, 2012.  image   image

   2011
Tiddi B., Aureli F., Polizzi di Sorrentino E., Janson C., Schino G. Grooming for tolerance? Two mechanisms of exchange in wild tufted capuchin monkeys. In: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, vol. 22 pp. 663 - 669. Oxford University Press, 2011.

   2010
Polizzi di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. What time is it? Coping with expected feeding time in capuchin monkeys. In: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, vol. 80 pp. 117 - 123. Elsevier, 2010.  image   image

   2007
Schino G., Tiddi B., Polizzi di Sorrentino E. Agonistic support in juvenile Japanese macaques: cognitive and functional implications. In: ETHOLOGY, vol. 113 pp. 1151 - 1157. Blackwell, 2007.
Schino G., Polizzi di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B. Grooming and coalitions in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata): partner choice and the time frame of reciprocation. In: JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 121 pp. 181 - 188. American Psychological Association, 2007.

   2006
Schino G., Tiddi B., Polizzi di Sorrentino E. Simultaneous classification by rank and kinship in Japanese macaques. In: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, vol. 71 pp. 1069 - 1074. Elsevier, 2006.

Contribution to Book/Monograph

   2017
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

   2013
Taffoni F., Formica D., Schiavone G., Scorcia M., Tomassetti A., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Sabbatini G., Truppa V., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G., Visalberghi E., Keller F., Guglielmelli E. The "Mechatronic Board": a tool to study intrisic motivation in humans, monkeys, and humanoid robots. In: Intrinsically Motivated Learning in Natural and Artificial Systems. pp. 411 - 432. G. Baldassarre, M. Mirolli (eds.). Berlin: Springer, 2013.  image   image

Technical reports

   2011
Stafford T., Thirkettle M., Gurney K., Redgrave P., Formica D., Schiavone G., Taffoni F., Keller F., Guglielmelli E., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Truppa V., Sabbatini G., Natale F., Visalberghi E. Empirical experiments on intrinsic motivations and action acquisition: results, evaluation, and redefinition. Deliverable D3.2 of the EU-funded Integrated Project "IM-CLeVeR - Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots", contract n. FP7-ICT-IP-231722. Technical report, 2011.  image

Abstracts

   2011
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B., Aureli F., Schino G. A window into the emotional response of wild capuchin monkeys. In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 82 pp. 326 - 326. Karger, 2011.  image

   2010
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E. Reconciliation reduces post-conflict anxiety in capuchin monkeys. Proceedings of the 23 Congress of the International Primatological Society, Kyoto, (Japan). In: Primates research. Abstract, vol. 87 p. 123. , 2010.  image

   2009
Massaro L., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. Visibility between neighbouring groups of capuchin monkeys: influence on intragroup aggression and social relationships. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Federation of Primatologists. Zurich (Switzerland). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 80 (2) p. 166. , 2009.  image
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. A test of anticipatory strategies in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): copyng with expected feeding tima. Proceeding of the 3d International Congress of the European Federation of Primatologists. Zurich (Switzerland). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 80 (2) p. 135. , 2009.  image
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. Conflict prevention in capuchin monkeys. A food anticipation test. Proceedings of the XIX Congress of the Italian Primatological Association. Asti (Italy). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 80 (6) p. 378. , 2009.  image
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Massaro L., Schino G., Visalberghi E., Aureli F. Do intergroup interactions influence the nature of intra-group social relationship? An experiment with tufted capuchin monkeys. Proceedings of the XIX Congress of the Italian Primatological Association. Asti (Italy). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 80 (6) p. 377. , 2009.  image
Tiddi B., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Aureli F., Janson C., Schino G. Grooming for tolerance? Behavioural interchange in wild tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella nigritus). In: 78th congress of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (--, april 2009). Abstract, vol. 138 p. S255. Wiley, 2009.  image

   2008
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B. Time does not constrain kin selection in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 79 (3) p. 133. 2008.  image
Tiddi B., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G. Coalition Formation in Juvenile Japanese Monkeys (Macaca fuscata): Cognitive and Functional Implications. In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 79 (3) pp. 146 - 147. 2008.  image
Tiddi B., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Janson C., Aureli F., Schino G. Interchange between grooming and tolerance among wild tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): combining experiments and observations. In: 22nd Congress of the International Primatological Society (Edinburgh, August 2008). Abstract, vol. 96 p. S211. (Primate Eye). PSGB, 2008.  image

   2006
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B., Schino G. Grooming and coalitions in Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata): Evidence for Reciprocation and Interchange. In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 77 (4) p. 279. 2006.  image
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B., Schino G. Grooming and coalitions in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata): evidence for reciprocation and interchange. In: 17th Congress of the Associazione Primatologica Italiana (--, May 2005). Abstract, vol. 77 p. 279. (Folia Primatologica). Karger, 2006.  image
Tiddi B., Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Schino G. Classification by rank and kinship in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). In: Folia Primatologica. Abstract, vol. 77 p. 282. Karger, 2006.  image

   2005
Polizzi Di Sorrentino E., Tiddi B., Schino G. Grooming and coalitions in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata): evidence for reciprocation and interchange. In: 17° convegno della Associazione Primatologica Italiana (Palermo, 2005).