Elisabetta Versace

P.zza Manifattura, 1 - 38068 Rovereto
tel. 0464 808658
elisabetta.versace[at]unitn [dot] it
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica


Attività di ricerca


The main focus of my research is the evolution of behavioural and cognitive traits.

At the Animal Cognition and Neuroscience lab I study the social predispositions of chicks of the domestic fowl (Gallus gallus), focusing on the unlearned preferences for animate entities, and their syntactic-like capabilities. I am also interested in the evolution of perception, learning, language and lateralization. To better understand cognition and its evolution I use a comparative and interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural measures on different species/breeds, automatic tracking techniques, experimental evolution and genomics.

Altre attività


Internships and BA/master theses are available animal cognition. The main topics are: social predispositions, learning, artificial grammars, lateralization.
If interested, please send an email with your CV and statement of interest to elisabetta.versace@unitn.it.



personal twitter account: @so_evolutionary