|Born: 10 July 1948, in Milan, Italy, married
University Researcher in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology,
Teacher of Environmental Education. Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, Urbino.
Address:Istituto di Psicologia. Via Saffi 15. 61029 Urbino. Italy .
Memberships (international only):
|Teaching and Research
Temporary teaching positions:
- 1990-1991. "Evolution of culture and human impact on the environment" course given at the Istituto di Geografia Umana, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia. Università di Milano.
- 1993/1994 "Physiological Psychology", course given at the Corso di Laurea in Psicologia della Facoltà di Magistero, Università di Urbino.
- 1993/1994 "Psychology of cognitive processes" course given at Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Torino.
Present research interests
Research Projects and Grants:
- From 1981 to 1993. Field study on the general ethology and population dynamics of the Alpine Marmot. Carried at the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, Valle d'Aosta, Italy. Founded by the University of Milan and by the National PhD Research Grant.
Main findings: Alpine marmots, living at high elevation (2300 m) delimit their territories by means of olfactory cues, the monogamous couple being the most active of the social group in scent marking. Important place in the territories are the burrows and spotting places, from were marmots can control the boundaries of their territories, any territory has one and only one hybernaculum, which persists across years and is the limiting resource for new settlements. During Summer the social interactions are generally amicable within a group inhabiting a territory and agonistic among adjacent groups, however this pattern may vary during the mating season and this deserves further investigation; reciprocal grooming is exhibited only within the parental couple. Marmots utter a single whistle when in presence of aerial predators, and multiple whistle when in presence of terrestrial predators. This was considered an indication of referential ability, (but see other studies). In the studied area young disperse from the second and third year of age and new coming couples do not have litter in the first year of settlement, adult females have a greater tendency to change their partners than adult males.
- From 1981 to 1986. Behavioural monitoring of drug effect in epileptic children. Founded by the Fondazione per l'Associazione Paolo Pini and by Knoll International. Main findings: some drugs, in particular phenobarbiturate induce hyperactivity and behavioural modification that disappear when the therapy is withdrown.
- 1988 and 1989. Computer Techniques for the analysis, recognition and manipulation of audio signal in human and animal communication. Founded by the C.N.R. (National Council of Research).
- From 1995: Acoustic cues of individuality, contextual and pathological states and ontogeny of communication in human infants and comparative avian and mammal models. Founded by the Ministry of University and Scientific Research.
Environmental Psychology and Education:
- 1992-1993. Human Dimension of Global Change. Main findings: A) Children in elementary and secondary school mostly derive their environmental knowledge from the media, even when they live near protected areas. In order to activate enviromental interest it is necessary to plan specific activities inside the protected areas and provoque an emotional relationship with it.