Dernière mise à jour : 30/01/2019


  • Post-Doctorante

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  • Axes :
  • Histoire et Ecologie du LANgage et des LANgues


  • 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 post-doctoral project aims at exploring the effect of early social experience on the development of communicative abilities in bonobos by analyzing playful interactions.

    This research stems from the collaboration between the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage and the Equipe de Neuro-Ethologie Sensorielle of the University of Saint-Etienne.


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


  • Chapitres dans les ouvrages
    • 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

  • Articles de revues
    • Demuru, E., Ferrari, P. & Palagi, E., 2018, "Is birth attendance a uniquely human feature? New evidence suggests that Bonobo females protect and support the parturient", Evolution and Human Behavior, 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.05.003

    • Palagi, E., Leone, A., Demuru, E. & Ferrari, P., 2018, "High-ranking geladas protect and comfort others after conflicts", Scientific Reports, 8:15291

    • Baragli, P., Demuru, E., Scopa, C. & Palagi, E., 2017, "Are horses capable of mirror self-recognition? A pilot study.", PLoS ONE, 12:5, pp. e0176717

    • Norscia, I., Demuru, E. & Palagi, E., 2016, "Difference in contagious yawning between susceptible men and women: why not?", Royal Society Open Science, 3:9, pp. 1075 – 1102

    • Cordoni, G., Demuru, E., Ceccarelli, E. & Palagi, E., 2016, "Play, aggression and reconciliation in preschool children: What matters?", Behaviour, 153:9-11, pp. 1075-1102

    • Norscia, I., Demuru, E. & Palagi, E., 2016, "She more than he: gender bias supports the empathic nature of yawn contagion in Homo sapiens", Royal Society Open Science, 3:2, pp. 150459

    • Palagi, E., Cordoni, G., Demuru, E. & Bekoff, M., 2016, "Fair play and its connection with social tolerance, reciprocity and the ethology of peace", Behaviour, 153:9-11, pp. 1195 – 1216

    • Palagi, E., Stanyon, R. & Demuru, E., 2015, "Play to learn, teach by play", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38

    • Demuru, E., Ferrari, P. & Palagi, E., 2015, "Emotionality and intentionality in bonobo playful communication", Animal Cognition, 18, pp. 333-344

    • Palagi, E., Norscia, I. & Demuru, E., 2014, "Yawn contagion in humans and bonobos: emotional affinity matters more than species", PeerJ, 2, pp. e519

    • Palagi, E., Dall'Olio, S., Demuru, E. & Stanyon, R., 2014, "Exploring the evolutionary foundations of empathy: consolation in monkeys", Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, pp. 341-349

    • Demuru, E. & Palagi, E., 2012, "In Bonobos Yawn Contagion Is Higher among Kin and Friends", PloS ONE, 7, pp. e49613