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Structure Department of General Psychology
Telephone 0498276650
Qualification Professore ordinario
Scientific sector M-PSI/02 - PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Notice and additional information
Possible research lines suitable for Master projects or for PhD projects.

GENERAL TOPIC: Experimental investigation of cognitive processes (such as perception, memory, spatial orientation, reasoning and problem solving) employing animal models.

Main Topic: COMPARATIVE COGNITION USING THE DOMESTIC CHICK AS ANIMAL MODEL SYSTEM.
I WOULD CONSIDER PROPOSALS FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF COGNITIVE ABILITIES IN OTHER ANIMAL SPECIES.

Some examples of Specific Topics:

Number-space mapping
Usually adult humans think about numbers as been represented onto a mental line oriented from left (small numbers) to right (large numbers). The influence of the educational factors in determining the orientation of the human mental number line has been extensively debated. We propose a series of studies investigating the effects of language and culture in determining the origin of the orientation of the mental number line.

Ordinal abilities
Ordinarily can be considered as the capability of identifying an element in a series of target elements on the basis of its ordinal position. Which hemisphere is in charge of processing this information? Are the two hemispheres processing distinct characteristics of the information (spatial and/or numerical)? Is ordinality related to the level of brain lateralization, and to what extent?

Context-related responses
Can an animal learn to respond in different ways according to the different contexts? We propose a series of experiments investigating whether day-old domestic chicks can learn to behave differently (for example responding by choosing either the larger or the smaller number), in different environments.

Any topic related to visual perception, spatial orientation, processing of complex stimuli and, in general higher cognitive abilities.

Office hours
Thursday from 14:30 to 16:30 Via Venezia 8 ("Psico-1" Building), Sesto Piano (Sixth Floor), Office 6-13. I will be abroad from November 10th to January 7th. Last student hours for 2018 will be on THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER. For Erasmus INCOMING students= from November 10th till the new year please refer to Prof. Ughetta Moscardino (ughetta.moscardino@unipd.it). Please email me in the case of doubts or for any other issue. For UniPD students willing to apply for an Erasmus mobility grant for any of the destinations I am referent for please email me, an interview with me is mandatory BEFORE APPLYING for the following destinations: Liverpool, Sussex, Chester, Galway, Helsinki e Duesseldorf.


Sarò all'estero dal 10 Novembre fino al 7 Gennaio. Ultimo ricevimento utile sarà quello di giovedi 8 novembre. Per questioni Erasmus per gli studenti INCOMING durante la mia assenza fate riferimento alla prof. Ughetta Moscardino. Per qualunque dubbio o altra questione inviatemi una email: lucia.regolin@unipd.it

COLLOQUI ERASMUS PER LE DESTINAZIONI DI CUI SONO RESPONSABILE DI FLUSSO: Cari studenti interessati a fare domanda ERASMUS, i colloqui di idoneità sono OBBLIGATORI per alcune delle mete ERASMUS di cui sono responsabile (Liverpool, Sussex, Chester, Galway, Helsinki e Duesseldorf). I colloqui vanno sostenuti PRIMA DELL'INVIO DELLA VOSTRA DOMANDA pena l'invalidità della stessa. Il colloquio consta di uno scambio di email in cui io vi chiedero' una serie di informazioni utili alla mia valutazione e, solo nel caso in cui io lo ritenga indispensabile, fisseremo un colloquio che potrà avvenire tramite videochiamata o attraverso un colloquio telefonico. Siete dunque pregati di inviarmi una email che specifichi: il vostro nome e cognome, il corso di studi cui siete iscritti e l'anno di frequenza, nonchè la destinazione/i per la quale/i intendete sostenere il colloquio di idoneità.
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Curriculum Vitae
I graduated in Experimental Psychology from the University of Padova in 1992. I continued my studies at the same University, achieving my PhD in Psychology in 1997. I was employed by the University of Padova in 2000 as a researcher (ricercatore) and in 2017, I became full Professor (professore ordinario).
At the University of Padova, I collaborate with the International Office as I strongly believe in the internationalisation of higher education. I would like our whole university, and the many facilities within, to become more appealing and competitive at an international level. Particularly, I believe our graduates should be prepared for a global era, and to be able to embrace the international, intercultural and global opportunities.
My Ph.D. thesis was on “Cognitive, neuropsychological and neuropharmacological aspects of detour behaviour in the domestic chick.” Part of my research was conducted in the laboratories of Prof. Richard J. Andrew (Sussex University) and Prof. Steven P. R. Rose (The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K.).
I teach Psychobiology and Animal Cognition (both in Italian language) and Animal Psychology (in English language for the Bachelor in Psychological Sciences). I am a Visiting Chair Professor of Wesleyan College at Guangzhou University (Guangzhou, China), and have been a guest lecturer at ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai (China). Every year, I lecture at the National University of Ireland in Galway as a part of an Erasmus Teaching Exchange.
Since 1994, I have published approximately 100 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters in international journals and over 160 papers presented at international conferences.
A few of my papers on animals’ cognitive abilities received coverage from international media. Hopefully, my research will contribute to improving the general public’s knowledge and understanding for the use of non-human species, and in particular, the treatment of farm animals, such as the domestic chicken.

Research areas
Possible research lines suitable for Master projects or for PhD projects.

GENERAL TOPIC: Experimental investigation of cognitive processes (such as perception, memory, spatial orientation, reasoning and problem solving) employing animal models.

Main Topic: COMPARATIVE COGNITION USING THE DOMESTIC CHICK AS ANIMAL MODEL SYSTEM.
I WOULD CONSIDER PROPOSALS FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF COGNITIVE ABILITIES IN OTHER ANIMAL SPECIES.

Some examples of Specific Topics:

Number-space mapping
Usually adult humans think about numbers as been represented onto a mental line oriented from left (small numbers) to right (large numbers). The influence of the educational factors in determining the orientation of the human mental number line has been extensively debated. We propose a series of studies investigating the effects of language and culture in determining the origin of the orientation of the mental number line.

Ordinal abilities
Ordinarily can be considered as the capability of identifying an element in a series of target elements on the basis of its ordinal position. Which hemisphere is in charge of processing this information? Are the two hemispheres processing distinct characteristics of the information (spatial and/or numerical)? Is ordinality related to the level of brain lateralization, and to what extent?

Context-related responses
Can an animal learn to respond in different ways according to the different contexts? We propose a series of experiments investigating whether day-old domestic chicks can learn to behave differently (for example responding by choosing either the larger or the smaller number), in different environments.

Any topic related to visual perception, spatial orientation, processing of complex stimuli and, in general higher cognitive abilities.

Publications
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS :

Mascalzoni, E., Osorio, D., Regolin, L. and Vallortigara, G. (2012). Symmetry perception by poultry chicks and its implications for three-dimensional object recognition. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279:841–846.

Elliott, M.A., Rosa Salva, O., Mulcahy, P. and Regolin, L. (2012). Structural imbalance promotes behavior analogous to aesthetic preference in domestic chicks. Plos One, Volume 7 (8), e43029 (pp 1-7).

Rosa Salva, O., Regolin, L., Mascalzoni, E. and Vallortigara, G. (2012). Visual asymmetry of the brain and animal social cognition. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews. Vol 7: 110-138.

Mascalzoni, E., Regolin, L., Vallortigara, G. and Simion, F. (2013). The cradle of causal reasoning: Newborns’ preference for physical causality. Developmental Science. 16 (3) : 327-335. Epub 2013 Mar 21.

Rugani R., Cavazzana A., Vallortigara G., and Regolin L. (2013). One, two, three, four, or is there something more? Numerical discrimination in day-old domestic chicks. Animal Cognition, 16 (4) : 557-564.

Mongillo, P., Araujo, J.A., Pitteri, E., Carnier, P., Adamelli, S., Regolin, L. and Marinelli, L. (2013). Spatial reversal learning is impaired by age in pet dogs. Age, 35 (6) : 2273-2282.

Rosa Salva O., Normando S., Mollo A. and Regolin L. (2014). Face preferences in week-old lambs (Ovis aries). Interaction Studies, 15(1): 113-128.

Stancher, G., Rugani, R., Regolin, L. and Vallortigara, G. (2015). Numerical discrimination by frogs (Bombina orientalis). Animal Cognition, 18:219–229.

Rugani, R., Vallortigara, G., Konstantinos P. and Regolin, L. (2015). Number-space mapping in the newborn chick resembles humans' mental number line. Science, 347:534-536.

Santolin, C., RosaSalva, O., Vallortigara, G., and Regolin, L. (2016). Unsupervised visual statistical learning in the newborn chick (Gallus gallus). Current Biology, 26(23), pp. R1218-R1220.

Rugani, R., McCrink, K., De Hevia M.D, Vallortigara, G. and Regolin, L. (2016). Ratio calculation over discrete magnitudes by newly hatched domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). Scientific Reports, 6, 30114.

De Agrò, M., Regolin, L., and Moretto, E. (2017). Visual discrimination learning in the jumping spider Phidippus regius. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 4(4), 413-424.

Bertamini, M., Guest, M., Vallortigara, G., Rugani, R. and Regolin L. (2018, in press). The effect of clustering on perceived quantity in humans (Homo sapiens) and in chicks (Gallus gallus). Journal of Comparative Psychology.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS1978 COMMON PSP5070539 9 1st Year Second
semester
ITA LUCIA REGOLIN
PS2192 COMMON PSP5070133 9 2nd Year First
semester
ENG MARCO DADDA
PS1082 COMMON PSN1030505 9 1st Year Second
semester
ITA LUCIA REGOLIN