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Elisa DEMURU

Post-doctoral researcher

 

elisa.demuru@cnrs.fr

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I am an ethologist interested in the study of communication in primates. My expertise focuses particularly on the bonobo, human’s closest living relative along with the chimpanzee.
My postdoctoral project aims at exploring the effect of early social experience on the development of communicative abilities in bonobos by analyzing playful interactions. Moreover, I am studying how bonobos communicate in the foraging and aggressive contexts.
My studies stem from the collaboration between the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage and the Equipe de Neuro-Ethologie Sensorielle of the University of Saint-Etienne within the Project ADYN-BONOBO of the LabEX ASLAN.


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

PhD in Behavioural Biology - University of Parma, Italy
Emotional and intentional communication in bonobos (Pan paniscus)

 

Master in Evolution of Animal and Human Behaviour - University of Torino, Italy
Audience effect and multimodality in bonobo communication (Pan paniscus)

 

Bachelor Degree in Natural Sciences - University of Torino, Italy
The impact of fishing on the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Sardinia

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Social Cognition

 

Evolution of Human Language

 

Primate Communication

 

Empathy

 

Play Behaviour

 

FIELDWORK


 

Behavioural Data Collection on Bonobos

  • La Vallée des Singes (France - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019)
  • Lola Ya Bonobo (Democratic Republic of Congo - 2018)
  • Planckendael Zoo (Belgium - 2017)
  • Wilhelma Zoo (Germany - 2009, 2015)
  • Apenheul Primate Park (The Netherlands - 2009)

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    AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS


     

    Awards

  • 2019: Prix AAUL Best foreign Post-Doctoral Researcher of the University of Lyon (3000 €)
  • 2012: Optime Award, Recognition of Academic Value – Best Graduated Student of 2011-2012
  • 2011: Best Oral Presentation, XX National Congress of the Association of Italian Primatologists

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    TEACHING


     

    2018-2019 / 2019-2020 / 2020-2021 / 2021-2022

  • TD ANIMAL COGNITION - L2 Sciences Cognitives - Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • CM ANIMAL COGNITION - L2 Sciences Cognitives - Université Lumière Lyon 2

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    LA SCIENCE TAILLE XX ELLES - Women & Science

      I am very proud to be one of the women scientists taking part in the project "LA SCIENCE TAILLE XX ELLES" fostered by the association "Femmes & Sciences" which aims to encourage girls to undertake careers in Science.

      If you want to know more, please visit:
      www.femmesetsciences.fr/lascience-taillexxelles/lyon/

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    Edited books
     

    Demuru, E. & Giacoma, C. (eds), 2022, "Interacting primates: the biological roots of human communication", Taylor & Francis - Ethology, Ecology & Evolution


    Chapters in books
     

    Palagi, E. & Demuru, E., 2017, "Pan paniscus or Pan ludens? Bonobos, playful attitude and social tolerance", in BONOBOS: Unique in Mind, Brain and Behavior, Hare, B. & Yamamoto, S. (eds), Oxford University Press


    Journals
     

    Demuru, E., Clay, Z. & Norscia, I., 2022, "What makes us apes? The emotional building blocks of intersubjectivity in hominids", Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 34


     

    Cordoni, G., Pirarba, L., Elies, S., Demuru, E., Guéry, J.P. & Norscia, I., 2022, "Adult–adult play in captive lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)", Primates, 1


     

    Norscia, I., Caselli, M., De Meo, G., Cordoni, G., Guéry, J.P. & Demuru, E., 2022, "Yawn contagion in bonobos: Another group, another story", American Journal of Primatology, 84


     

    Demuru, E. & Giacoma, C., 2022, "Interacting primates: the biological roots of human communication", Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 3


     

    Demuru, E., Caselli, M., Guéry, J.P., Michelet, C., Alexieff, F. & Norscia, I., 2022, "Female bonobos show social swelling by synchronizing their maximum swelling and increasing bonding", Scientific Reports, 12




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