Rosa Rugani, PhD
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Rosa Rugani
Research interests
I graduated in Experimental Psychology (110 cum laude / 110) at the university of Padua in December 2003, whit the thesis "working memory in the domestic chick (Gallus gallus): a research through delayed response task", under the supervision of Prof. Lucia Regolin. In april 2008 I finished my 3 year PhD program in Perception and Psychophisics (Supervisor: Prof. Lucia Regolin), working on numerical competence in domestic chicks. I am mainly interested in numerical cognition in animals. I am also working on other topics in comparative cognition, in particular on short term memory, objects identification and visual perception.

Rugani,R., Vallortigara,G., Vallini,B., Regolin,L. In press. Asymmetrical number-space mapping in the avian brain. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, ISSN: 1074-7427.
doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2010.11.012

Rugani,R., Kelly,D.M., Szelest,I., Regolin,L., Vallortigara,G. 2010. Is it only humans that count from left to right?. Biology Letters, 6, 290-292. ISSN: 1744-9561. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0960

Rugani,R., Regolin,L., Vallortigara,G. 2010. Imprinted numbers: Newborn chicks’ sensitività to number vs. continuous extent of objects they have been reared with. Developmental Science, 13, 790-797. ISSN: 1363-755X. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00936.x

VallortigaraG., Chiandetti,C., Sovrano,V.A., Rugani,R., Regolin,L. 2010. Animal Cognition. Wiley Iinterdisciplinary Reviews. Ccognitive Science, 1, 882-893. ISSN: 1939-5078. doi: 10.1002/wcs.75

Vallortigara,G., Regolin,L., Chiandetti,C., Rugani,R. 2010. Rudiments of mind: Number and space cognition in animals. Comparative Cognition & Behaviour Reviews, 5, 78-99. ISSN: 1911-4745. doi: 10.3819/ccbr.2010.50004

Daisley,J.N, Mascalzoni,.E, Rosa Salva,O, Rugani,R., Regolin,L. 2009. Lateralization of social cognition in the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 364, 965-981, ISSN: 0962-8436. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0229

Meredit,D., Rugani,R., Brannon,E. 2009. Empty sets as part of the numerical continuum: conceptual precursors to the zero concept in rhesus monkeys. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 138, 258-269. ISSN: 0096-3445. doi: 10.1037/a0015231

Rugani,R., Fontanari,L., Simoni,E., Regolin,L., Vallortigara,G. 2009. Arithmetic in newborn chicks. Proceedings - Royal Society. Biological Sciences, 276, 2451-2460, ISSN: 0962-8452. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.0044

Rugani,R., Regolin,L., Vallortigara,G. 2008. Discrimination of small numerosities in young chicks. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 34(3), 388-399. ISSN: 0097-7403. doi: 10.1037/0097-7403.34.3.388

Rugani,R., Regolin,L., Vallortigara,G. 2007. Rudimental numerical competence in 5-day-old domestic chicks (gallus gallus): identification of ordinal position. Journal of experimental psychology-animal behavior processes, 33, 21-31. ISSN: 0097-7403. doi: 10.1037/0097-7403.33.1.21

Regolin,L., Rugani,R., Pagni,P. & Vallortigara,G. 2005. Delayed search for social and nonsocial goals by young domestic chicks, Gallus gallus domesticus. Animal Behaviour 70, 855-864. ISSN: 0003-3472. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.01.014

Regolin,L., Garzotto,B., Rugani,R., Pagni,P. & Vallortigara,G. 2005. Working memory in the chick: parallel and lateralized mechanisms for encoding of object- and position-specific information. Behavioural Brain Research 157, 1-9. ISSN: 0166-4328. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2004.06.012

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