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Insider insights: Professor Giorgio Vallortigara

Professor Giorgio Vallortigara, a professor and researcher at the University of Trento, often asks this question in his studies.
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Nature or nurture? A little bit of both? More of one or the other?

Professor Giorgio Vallortigara, a professor and researcher at the University of Trento, often asks this question in his studies. We’re very much privileged to hear him shed more light on this issue.

  • The ancient nature-nurture problem has interested philosophers and scientists for centuries. Why do we need to ask the help of animals to arrive at an answer?

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  • Which are the best animal models in this field?

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  • Recently, you advanced the intriguing hypothesis according to which chicks could be a valuable model for understanding the origin of autism spectrum disorders: can you tell us something more about this?

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  • The fact that a given cognitive skill is inborn in an animal model does not automatically imply that such a cognitive skill is also inborn in humans. Is there a way to ensure that results from animal models can be easily translated to humans?

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  • What are your suggestions for a young researcher trying to tackle the nature-nurture debate?

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