Elisabetta Visalberghi (Senior Research Associate, CNR) retired in 2017 from the position of Research Director at the Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Cognizione of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in Rome, Italy. She is best known for her contributions to our understanding of primate cognition, particularly in the areas of tool use, responses to novel foods, and social influences on learning. Both her experimental techniques in the laboratory and her observational/documentary methods in the field have established approaches to animal cognition that have been innovative and influential.
Overview of Dr. Visalberghi’s Academic Career and Major Contributions
Born in Aosta, Italy in 1952, Visalberghi studied at the University of Rome and then at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa under the supervision of Professor Floriano Papi, a renowned ethologist. Although Visalberghi is one of the world’s foremost experts on capuchin monkeys, she has also studied other...
- Fragaszy, D. M., Fedigan, L. M., & Visalberghi, E. (2004). The complete capuchin. The biology of the genus Cebus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
- Fragaszy, D. M., Eshchar, Y., Visalberghi, E., Resende, B., Laity, K., & Izar, P. (2017). Synchronized practice helps bearded capuchin monkeys learn to extend attention while learning a tradition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1621071114CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Visalberghi, E., & Limongelli, L. (1996). Acting and understanding: Tool use revisited through the minds of capuchin monkeys. In A. Russon, K. Bard, & S. Parker (Eds.), Reaching into thought. The minds of the great apes (pp. 57–79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar