My interest is in social interaction and the cognitive mechanisms that enable humans to
flexibly coordinate and collaborate with one another, from simple joint actions in small
groups to population-level regularities sustained by norms and institutions.
Adopting an embodied approach to cognition, I am also interested in how social interaction
can ground the mental representation of abstract categories. These two interests converge
in the study of ownership of property, from how ownership is mentally represented to how
norms regulating conflicts around resources arise and persist. In my work, I develop and
test formal models (computational modelling, game theory) combining experimental methods
spanning from cognitive psychology to experimental economics and sociology.
Ultimately, I aspire to contribute to a common unified framework between the cognitive
and the social sciences. I am also interested in exploring the consequences of these
studies for the design of the new digital infrastructure of contemporary societies.