The main goal of the Animal Cognition and Comparative Neuroscience Laboratory (ACN) is the study of cognitive processes and their neurobiological bases in a comparative perspective. Research is mainly focused on the mechanisms of cerebral representation of physical and social objects, numbers, time and space. To carry this out, different species of vertebrates are used, in particular fish and birds along with small rodents, as well as invertebrates (honeybees, bumblebees) all housed in the CIMeC’s animal house.
The lab focus special attention on animal models characterized by simpler (or otherwise different) cerebral architectures than those of mammals, in order to provide support for comparative research and investigations into basic neurological mechanisms. The techniques used combine traditional methods of ethological and behavioral investigation with neurobiological procedures, such as immunohystochemical analyses of gene expression in the brain.
How to join the lab
Visiting members are required first to activate a valid profile in the Academic Database.
You can find the request form here (ADA EN-ADA IT) and send it to grazia.gambardella at unitn.it
Once your profile will be activated, you will be allowed to access the remaining form in the ACN LAB PRIVATE area (click here to log-in).
Members of the University of Trento can access that area using their Acaddemic user ID and password at the same link (here).