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ISES 14th Equitation Science Conference


Rome, Italy


Doctor Elisabetta Palagi

Elisabetta Palagi has been studying primates spanning strepsirrhines and haplorrhines, including monkeys, apes and humans since 1992. Her studies have been carried out under both controlled and wild conditions.  She holds a master's degree in biology, a PhD in evolutionary biology, and a solid publication record on a wide array of topics bridging sociobiology, psychology, and anthropological sciences. Among others, she has demonstrated individual recognition in lemurs and their use of multimodal signaling. She has also extensively investigated the functions and evolutionary significance of play, conflict management and resolution in social groups, and the behavioral patterns underlying emotional contagion and empathic abilities in human and nonhuman animals. Outside the primate order, she has focused on canids (dogs and wolves), meerkats, seals and horses. Together with Gordon Burghardt, Marc Mengel, and Sergio Pellis, she has led a Working Group on play (Play as a window into cognitive evolution and the rules of sociality) at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (University of Tennessee, USA; http://www.nimbios.org/workinggroups/WG_play_participants). She is the President of the Italian Primatological Association (API) and committee member of the Italian Ethological Society (SIE). She works at both the Natural History Museum, University of Pisa (Italy).

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