Please have a look at some of our publications listed below


Bliss L, Vasas V, Freeland L, Roach R, Ferrè ER, Versace E ( 2023 ) . A spontaneous gravity prior: Newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity . Biology Letters vol. 19 , ( 2 ) 10.1098/rsbl.2022.0502

Pallante, V., Rucco, D. & Versace, E. (2021) Young chicks quickly lose their spontaneous preference to aggregate with females. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 75, 78. 

Lorenzi, E., Lemaire, B. S., Versace, E., Matsushima, T., & Vallortigara, G. (2021). Resurgence of an inborn attraction for animate objects via thyroid hormone T3. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 15, 72.

Rosa-Salva, O., Mayer, U., Versace, E., Hebert, M., Lemaire, B.S., Vallortigara, G. (2021). Sensitive periods for social development: Interactions between predisposed and learned mechanisms. Cognition.

Hébert, M., Versace, E. and Vallortigara, G. (2019). Inexperienced preys know when to flee or to freeze in front of a threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(46), pp.22918–22920.

        Szabó, E., Chiandetti, C., Téglás, E., Versace, E., Csibra, G., Kovács, Á. M., & Vallortigara, G. (2021). Young domestic chicks spontaneously represent the absence of objects. BioRxiv, 2021.01.20.427266. 


Versace, E., Ragusa, M. & Vallortigara, G. (2019). A transient time window for early predispositions in newborn chicks. Sci Rep 9, 18767. 

Versace, E., Damini, S. and Stancher, G. (2020). Early preference for face-like stimuli in solitary species as revealed by tortoise hatchlings. PNAS, 117(39), 24047-24049.

Versace, E., Ragusa, M. & Vallortigara, G (2019). A transient time window for early predispositions in newborn chicks. Sci Rep 9, 18767. 

Lorenzi, E., Pross, A., Rosa-Salva, O., Versace, E., Sgadò, P., & Vallortigara, G. (2019). Embryonic exposure to valproic acid affects social predispositions for dynamic cues of animate motion in newly-hatched chicks. Frontiers in Physiology, 10(APR), 501. 

Versace, E., Martinho-Truswell, A., Kacelnik, A., & Vallortigara, G. (2018). Priors in Animal and Artificial Intelligence: Where Does Learning Begin? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(11), 963–965.