My interest is in social interaction and the cognitive mechanisms that enable humans to flexibly coordinate and collaborate with one another, from simple joint actions in small groups to population-level regularities sustained by norms and institutions. Adopting an embodied approach to cognition, I am also interested in how social interaction can ground the mental representation of abstract categories. These two interests converge in the study of ownership of property, from how ownership is mentally represented to how norms regulating conflicts around resources arise and persist.
In my work, I develop and test formal models (computational modelling, game theory) combining experimental methods spanning from cognitive psychology to experimental economics and sociology.
Ultimately, I aspire to contribute to a common unified framework between the cognitive and the social sciences. I am also interested in exploring the consequences of these studies for the design of the new digital infrastructure of contemporary societies.
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PhD in Cognitive Science, 2010
University of Siena
This theme brings together developmental, social and cognitive psychologists, linguists, anthropologists, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, philosophers, computer scientists and roboticists, to present theoretical insights and novel evidence on how abstract concepts are acquired, used and represented in the brain.