Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Elisabetta Visalberghi

  • L. M. FediganEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1641-1


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...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology & ArchaeologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Shannon Digweed
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMacEwan UniversityEdmontonCanada