Elia Gatto

Ritratto di Elia Gatto
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Animal Cognition

My main research topics are:

  • Numerical abilities in vertebrates (fish) and invertebrates (snails)
  • The problem-solving ability in foraging and social context (fish)
  • Cerebral lateralization in animals: advantages and disadvantages of lateralization in social interactions and escape strategy (especially in fish and snails)


Publication & Conferences


  • Lucon-Xiccato T, Dadda M, Gatto E, Bisazza A (2016) Development and testing of a rapid method for measuring shoal size discrimination. Anim Cogn doi:10.1007/s10071-016-1050-x
  • Gatto E, Lucon-Xiccato T, Savaşçı BB, Dadda M, Bisazza A (2016) Experimental setting affects the performance of guppies in a numerical discrimination task. Anim Cogn  doi:10.1007/s10071-016-1037-


  • North Sea Laterality 1-3 September 2016 – Groningen, Netherlands. Poster Title: “Keep counting. Further evidences that lateralization improves numerical skills in the guppy”.
  • European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB) 12-15 July 2016 – Vienna, Austria. Poster Title: “Does method matter in fish cognition? Evidence from studies on numerical abilities”.
  • Behavioural Ecology Meeting 25-26 February 2016 – Chioggia, Italy. Title talk: “A mollusk that counts? Dune snail Theba pisana discriminate among different numbers of potential refuges”.


  • September 2015 – In course: PhD Student at University of Padua.
  • March 2014 – July 2015: Master’s degree in “Ecology and Evolution” at University of Ferrara with a final grade of 107/110. Thesis title: “Investigation of genotype-environment interactions in male Poecilia reticulata, selected for the high and the low production of sperm”. Supervisors: Augusto Foà, Andrea Pilastro
  • September 2010 – December 2013: Bachelor’s degree in “Biological Sciences” at University of Ferrara with a final grade of 96/110. Thesis title: “The brain responses in canaries while listening to sexual signals”. Supervisors: Leonida Fusani, Andries Ter Maat
  • July 2013 - September 2013: researcher's employment at Max Planck Institute fur Ornithology, Seewiesen (Germany)