About

I am a cognitive/evolutionary anthropologist with a particular interest in computational science. While I have a “traditional” PhD in anthropology, during my career I worked with quite diverse researchers: artificial life/roboticists in Roma, primatologists in Leipzig, and a not-well-identifiable bunch of people (with prominence of ethologists and mathematicians) in the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution (Stockholm/Bologna). In 2013 and 2014 I have been a Newton Research Fellow in the Department of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. I am now based in the School of Innovation Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology, where I work mainly with Krist Vaesen, in a project called (quite fittingly!) “Darwinizing culture: the status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science”.

I think that the study of human behaviour and culture should be a scientific and multidisciplinary enterprise. My research was initially based on mathematical modelling and computers simulations, but I expanded my interests in the last years towards quantitative data analysis and experiments.  My empirical works are grounded in an interest for theoretical questions in cultural evolution and cognitive anthropology: currently, my main research goal concerns the integration of cognitive aspects in cultural evolution. Here is my CV for contact information, and a page with my publications. This is my Google Scholar Profile.

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