Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), National Research Council (CNR),Roma, Italy.
Camilla Pagani is an associate researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). She has a degree in Modern Languages, a PhD in Anglo-American Literature, and a degree in Psychology. As head of the “The sense of diversity and its psychological implications” Project, she was primarily involved in the following research areas: youths’ attitudes toward multiculturalism; the perception of threat in cross-cultural relations; the role of knowledge, fear, hate, anger, resentment, and envy in youths’ racist attitudes; empathy in cross-cultural relations; empathy and complex thinking; child-animal relationships with special reference to empathy and violence; the relation between animal abuse and interhuman violence. As head of the “Diversity and Complexity” Project, she is presently addressing the study of humans’ relationship with diversity within a theoretical framework that especially takes into consideration principles from socio-cognitive psychology and complexity theory. She is the Italian representative of CICA (International Colloquia on the Brain and Aggression) International Foundation and Head of its Scientific Committee. She is a member of ISAZ (International Society of Anthrozoology), of IAIE (International Association for Intercultural Education), and of AISC (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences).