Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini is a Researcher (RTDa) at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova.
She received from M.I.U.R (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) the National Scientific Habilitation as Associate Professor in ‘General Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometrics’ (11/E1).
She got a Master degree in Evolution of Animal and Human Behaviour (cum laude) at the University of Torino in 2009. She obtained a Ph.D in Psychological Sciences at the University of Padova (2014) working on the mechanisms underlying non-verbal numerical abilities using fish as model species. She worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova (2014-2018) and then she moved to London where she worked as Marie Curie research fellow at Queen Mary University of London (2018-2020). From 2020 to 2021 she was a Stars-Grant post-doctoral fellow at the University of Padova (Department of Biomedical Science).
Her research interest focuses on the evolution of cognitive abilities in animals, with specific reference to the non-verbal numerical systems, visual perception and the impact of brain lateralization on cognitive functions, by combining behaviour with in vivo imaging.
She attracted more than 300k € of research grants by successfully participating in competitive calls at national and international level. In 2017 she won a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship and in 2019 she was granted by the University of Padua with the STARS Starting Grant.
She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals and 5 book chapters. She has organized 2 symposia and she has been invited as a speaker in national and international conferences and research institutes.
She regularly acts as a reviewer for international peer-review journals in the field of comparative psychology and she is Guest Editors of special issues in peer-review scientific journals.