Dr Elisabetta Versace

Elisabetta Versace

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London

www.qmul.ac.uk/sbcs/staff/elisabettaversace.html

Publications

Publications of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics

2023

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

2022

Versace E, Gallo V, Xin Z, Abdallah D, Angioi M, Redding E, Ackroyd B and Galvan C (2022). MotionPerfection: An agile tool for the visualisation, analysis, annotation, and record of motor practice. SoftwareX  10.1016/j.softx.2022.101247
Wang C, Benetos E, Versace E and Wang S (2022). Joint Scattering for Automatic Chick Call Recognition. Conference: 30th European Signal Processing Conference (Belgrade, Serbia)  10.23919/eusipco55093.2022.9909738
Versace E, Sgadò P, George J, Loveland JL, Ward J, Thorpe P, Jensen LJ, Spencer KA, Paracchini S and Vallortigara G (2022). Light-induced asymmetries in embryonic retinal gene expression are mediated by the vascular system and extracellular matrix. Scientific Reports  vol. 12, (1) 10.1038/s41598-022-14963-8
Szabó E, Chiandetti C, Téglás E, Versace E, Csibra G, Kovács ÁM and Vallortigara G (2022). Young domestic chicks spontaneously represent the absence of objects. eLife  vol. 11, 10.7554/elife.67208
Versace E, Lonardo L and Huber L (2022). Recognition of rotated objects and cognitive offloading in dogs. iScience  10.1016/j.isci.2022.103820

2021

Josserand M, Rosa-Salva O, Versace E and Lemaire BS (2021). Visual Field Analysis: A reliable method to score left and right eye use using automated tracking. Behavior Research Methods  vol. 54, (4) 1715-1724. 10.3758/s13428-021-01702-6
Versace E, Ragusa M, Pallante V and Wang S (2021). Attraction for familiar conspecifics in young chicks (Gallus gallus): an interbreed study. Behavioural Processes  10.1016/j.beproc.2021.104498
Slonina Z, Bonzini AA, Brown J, Wang S, Farkhatdinov I, Althoefer K, Jamone L and Versace E (2021). Using RoboChick to Identify the Behavioral Features Promoting Social Interactions. IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL 2021  Conference: 2021 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL)  10.1109/ICDL49984.2021.9515641
Lorenzi E, Lemaire BS, Versace E, Matsushima T and Vallortigara G (2021). Resurgence of an inborn attraction for animate objects via thyroid hormone T3. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience  10.3389/fnbeh.2021.675994
Lemaire BS, Rucco D, Josserand M, Vallortigara G and Versace E (2021). Stability and individual variability of social attachment in imprinting. Scientific Reports  vol. 11, (1) 10.1038/s41598-021-86989-3
Pallante V, Rucco D and Versace E (2021). Young chicks quickly lose their spontaneous preference to aggregate with females. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  vol. 75, (5) 10.1007/s00265-021-03012-5
Rosa-Salva O, Mayer U, Versace E, Hébert M, Lemaire BS and Vallortigara G (2021). Sensitive periods for social development: Interactions between predisposed and learned mechanisms. Cognition  vol. 213, 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104552

2020

Versace E, Damini S and Stancher G (2020). Early preference for face-like stimuli in solitary species as revealed by tortoise hatchlings. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A  10.1073/pnas.2011453117
Versace E, Caffini M, Werkhoven Z and de Bivort BL (2020). Individual, but not population asymmetries, are modulated by social environment and genotype in Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports  vol. 10, (1) 10.1038/s41598-020-61410-7
Versace E, Schloetterer C, Hsu S-K, Jaks?ic? AM, Nolte V, Lirakis M, Kofler R and Barghi N (2020). Rapid sex-specific adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. eLife  10.7554/eLife.53237

2019

Versace E, Ragusa M and Vallortigara G (2019). A transient time window for early predispositions in newborn chicks. Scientific Reports  vol. 9, (1) 10.1038/s41598-019-55255-y
Hebert 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 of USA  10.1073/pnas.1915504116
Versace E, Rogge JR, Shelton-May N and Ravignani A (2019). Positional encoding in cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Animal Cognition  vol. 22, (5) 825-838. 10.1007/s10071-019-01277-y
Lorenzi E, Pross A, Rosa-Salva O, Versace E, Sgadò P and Vallortigara G (2019). Embryonic Exposure to Valproic Acid Affects Social Predispositions for Dynamic Cues of Animate Motion in Newly-Hatched Chicks. Frontiers in Physiology  vol. 10, 10.3389/fphys.2019.00501

2018

Versace E, Martinho-Truswell A, Kacelnik A and Vallortigara G (2018). Priors in Animal and Artificial Intelligence: Where Does Learning Begin? Trends in Cognitive Sciences  vol. 22, (11) 963-965. 10.1016/j.tics.2018.07.005
rosa-salva O, Fiser J, VERSACE E, Dolci C, Chehaimi S, Santolin C and Vallortigara G (2018). Spontaneous learning of visual structures in domestic chicks. Animals  10.3390/ani8080135
Belloni V, Galeazzi A, Bernini G, Mandrioli M, Versace E and Haase A (2018). Corrigendum to “Evolutionary compromises to metabolic toxins: Ammonia and urea tolerance in Drosophila suzukii and Drosophila melanogaster” [Physiol. Behav. 191, 1 July 2018, 146–154]. Physiology & Behavior  vol. 194, 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.05.013
Belloni V, Galeazzi A, Bernini G, Mandrioli M, Versace E and Haase A (2018). Evolutionary compromises to metabolic toxins: Ammonia and urea tolerance in Drosophila suzukii and Drosophila melanogaster. Physiology & Behavior  vol. 191, 146-154. 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.04.021
Sgadò P, Rosa-Salva O, VERSACE E and Vallortigara G (2018). Embryonic Exposure to Valproic Acid Impairs Social Predispositions of Newly-Hatched Chicks. Scientific Reports  10.1038/s41598-018-24202-8
VERSACE E, Damini S, Caffini M and Stancher G (2018). Born to be asocial: Newly-hatched tortoises avoid unfamiliar individuals. Animal Behaviour  10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.02.012
Vallortigara G and Versace E (2018). Filial Imprinting. Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior  Springer Nature 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1989-1

2017

Versace E, Spierings MJ, Caffini M, ten Cate C and Vallortigara G (2017). Spontaneous generalization of abstract multimodal patterns in young domestic chicks. Animal Cognition  vol. 20, (3) 521-529. 10.1007/s10071-017-1079-5
Versace E, Fracasso I, Baldan G, Dalle Zotte A and Vallortigara G (2017). Newborn chicks show inherited variability in early social predispositions for hen-like stimuli. Scientific Reports  vol. 7, (1) 10.1038/srep40296

2016

Rogers LJ, Frasnelli E and Versace E (2016). Lateralized antennal control of aggression and sex differences in red mason bees, Osmia bicornis. Scientific Reports  vol. 6, (1) 10.1038/srep29411

2014

Versace E, Nolte V, Pandey RV, Tobler R and Schlötterer C (2014). Experimental evolution reveals habitat‐specific fitness dynamics among Wolbachia clades in Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular Ecology  vol. 23, (4) 802-814. 10.1111/mec.12643

Grants

Grants of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics
Generalisation from limited experience: how to solve the problem of induction
Versace E
£294,000 Leverhulme Trust (15-08-2021 - 14-08-2024)
Developmental reprogramming following prenatal acoustic signals
Versace E
£353,000 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (01-12-2018 - 30-11-2022)


Generalisation using sparse data: from animal to artificial systems
Versace E
£65,000 Royal Society Leverhulme Trust fellowship (01-10-2021 - 30-09-2022)
Augmented Feedback to Enhance Motor and Artistic Learning During Social Distancing
Angioi M and Versace E
£269,000 Economic and Social Research Council (01-01-2021 - 30-04-2022)