The Departments and Universities
The SNANeB project
The SNANeB project is based on the collaboration between the Department of General Psychology, DPG, at University of Padua, Italy, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, which are at the vertex of the excellence in research.
The Department of General Psychology at University of Padua, has a long-standing tradition in experimental psychology and has developed through interdisciplinary contacts with specialists in cognitive sciences, neuroscience, information engineering, physiology and biology. The DPG’s key research areas are clinical and health psychology, cognitive, behavioral and affective neurosciences (including neuropsychology and psychophysiology), experimental and cognitive psychology, comparative and evolutionary psychology, ergonomics, human factors, psychophysics, and quantitative and mathematical psychology.
The Department of Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania focuses on perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, decision making, social interaction, morality, motor control, executive function, and the evolution and development of mental processes. To advance this agenda, the Department of Psychology and its activities bring together faculty from multiple schools in the university, including Arts & Sciences, Medical School, Engineering, and the Wharton School; representing the departments of Psychology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, Philosophy, Anthropology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neurology, Radiology, Finance, and Marketing.
The SNANeB project is enriched by a collaboration with the Esapolis museum in Padua, Italy, which is the core of the non-scientific dissemination activities of the project itself. The Esapolis has a long tradition in dealing with research and dissemination activities on Entomology, Invertebrate Conservation, Animal Cognition, Sustainable Agriculture, Invertebrate Biology. Its specialty is the dissemination to youth, thanks to cooperation with nurseries, elementary and secondary schools.
The activities at the Esapolis in collaboration with its Director Enzo Moretto, are mainly directed at children and comprise interactive games and laboratories, focused on illustrating the biological relevance of number sensitivity in animals. The aim is to instruct the young participants on animal numerical cognition, with the aim of rethinking math as a basic ability that even newborn animals can master: an awareness that perhaps helps in reducing math anxiety.