Who we are

The 8ᵗʰ ESCBC is organized by students of the Animal Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory of the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, University of Trento).

Alice Adiletta

Not a 100% biologist, nor a 100% behaviourist. Just a random Ph.D. student looking at tiny things inside not-so-tiny-but-still-tiny brains. My work mainly focuses on the neural correlates of social predispositions in domestic chicks, with particular attention on the role of the dopaminergic system in influencing social behavior in models of neurodevelopmental disorders. I’m an equestrian since ever, but I swear I do not conduct experiments on horses. Lab website: https://www.cimec.unitn.it/en/585/molecular-and-cellular-cognition-mc2-group

Anastasia Morandi Raikova

I just obtained my Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, and right now, I am a postdoc fellow working in the Neurobiology of Comparative Cognition Group. I started working with domestic chicks during my master thesis, and since then, I have never left them. The topic I am most interested in is how young domestic chicks orient in space and how spatial (and social) relations are represented within the avian hippocampal formation. My biggest passion (beyond chickens) is my dog Lilly. Lab website: http://www.mayerlab.org/

Elena Eccher

I am a second-year Ph.D. student here at CIMeC and apparently I enjoy working with subjects who cannot easily answer my questions: chicks and human newborns. My project aims to investigate numerical cognition immediately after birth (or hatching) and I am currently studying multisensory integration for numerical information through imprinting and electroencephalography methods (you guess which for whom). After 26 years I finally embraced my Trentino roots and now climbing is my new passion. Lab website: https://r.unitn.it/en/cimec/abc

Greta Baratti

I work with teleost fishes and tortoises as a fourth-year Ph.D. student. I am interested in exploring spatial cognition, especially orientation based on the environment’s geometry in relation to landmarks. With teleosts, I am investigating the role of nonvisual systems (e.g., the lateral line) during orientation. My current research activities embrace other fields of cognition, such as discrimination learning, lateralized behaviours, and social skills. Lab website: https://www.cimec.unitn.it/en/593/fish-group

Maria Bortot

As a Ph.D. student working with honeybees and bumblebees, I always ask myself “how do insects do that?”. I come from a family of beekeepers and now I study bees’ cognition with a behavioral perspective. I investigate their numerical and more general learning abilities. I am also interested in the analysis of different behavioral states, as their sleeping behavior. If you do not see me in the office, I am usually running or hiking somewhere. Lab website: https://r.unitn.it/en/cimec/abc

Matilde Perrino

I am a first-year Ph.D. student working with zebrafish and domestic chicks on neural circuits involved in behaviours dealing with discrete and continuous quantities. I am interested in comparative neurobiology and ethology, but I am also fascinated by philosophical and theoretical questions on science. I am a supporter of interdisciplinarity and I recently fell in love with diving.