Duilio Garofoli

Post-doc – Cognitive archaeology


The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Dep. Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
72070 Tübingen

email: duilio.garofoli[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Main research interests

  • Radical enactivism
  • Early body ornaments
  • Archaeological theory
  • Cognitive architectures
  • Neanderthal cognition
  • Material engagement 

    Academic background

    2016 (July - ) - Gerda Henkel scholarship.

    2016 (Jan-Jun) - Bridging Project: Excellence Initiative of the University of Tübingen.

    2015 - Dr. phil. in Cognitive Archaeology, University of Tübingen, Germany. Institute of Natural Sciences in Archaeology. Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

    2009 - M.Sc. in Neurobiology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.

    2006 - B.Sc. in Biotechnology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Interfaculty.


    • Garofoli, D. (2017): Ornamental feathers without mentalism: a radical enactive view on Neanderthal body adornment. In: C. Durt, T. Fuchs and C. Tewes (eds.), “Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World”. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 279-306.
    • Fenici, M. & Garofoli, D. (2017): The biocultural emergence of mindreading: integrating cognitive archaeology and human development. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, 1(1), 1-29. DOI: 10.1007/s41809-017-0008-0.
    • Garofoli, D. & Iliopoulos, A. (2017): Replacing Epiphenomenalism: a Pluralistic Enactive Take on the Metaplasticity of Early Body Ornamentation. Philosophy & Technology, 1-28. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-017-0296-9.
    • Garofoli, D. (2017): RECkoning with representational apriorism in evolutionary cognitive archaeology.  Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1–23.
    • Haidle, M.N., Garofoli, D., Scheiffele, S. & Stolarczyk, R. (2017): Die Entstehung einer Figurine? Material Engagement und verkörperte Kognition als Ausgangspunkt einer Entwicklungsgeschichte symbolischen Verhaltens. In: Etzelmüller, Gregor, Fuchs, Thomas and Christian Tewes (eds.), Verkörperung – Eine neue interdisziplinäre Anthropologie. Berlin: de Gruyter, 251-279.
    • Garofoli, D. (2016): Metaplasticit-ies: Material engagement merts mutational enhancement. In: Etzelmüller, Gregor & Christian Tewes (eds.), Embodiment in evolution and culture. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 306-335.
    • Garofoli, D. (2016): Holistic Mapping: Towards an Epistemological Foundation for Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, published online. DOI: 10.1007/s10816-016-9308-9.
    • Garofoli, D. (2016): Cognitive archaeology without behavioral modernity. An eliminativist attempt. In: A. Iliopoulos & D. Garofoli (Eds.), “The material dimensions of cognition”. Quaternary International 405 (Part A), 125-135.  DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.06.061.
    • Iliopoulos, A. & Garofoli, D. (2016): The material dimensions of cognition: Reexamining the nature and emergence of the human mind. In: A. Iliopoulos & D. Garofoli (eds.), “The material dimensions of cognition”. Quaternary International 405 (Part A), 1-7.
    • Garofoli, D. (2015): A radical embodied approach to Lower Paleolithic spear-making. Journal of Mind and Behavior 36(1-2), 1–26.
    • Garofoli, D. (2015): Neanderthal three hands: Epistemological problems and a theory of visual impedance. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 93, 185-190.
    • Garofoli, D. (2015): Neanderthal cognitive equivalence: Epistemological problems and a critical analysis from radical embodiment. Universität Tübingen. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10900/64291
    • Haidle, M.N., Bolus, M., Collard, M., Conard, N.J., Garofoli, D., Lombard, M., Nowell, A., Tennie, C. & Whiten, A. (2015): The Nature of Culture: an eight-grade model for the evolution and expansion of cultural capacities in hominins and other animals. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 93, 43-70.
    • Garofoli, D. (2015): Do early body ornaments prove cognitive modernity? A critical analysis from situated cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 14, 803–825.
    • Garofoli, D. & Haidle, M.N. (2014): Epistemological problems in cognitive archaeology: An anti-relativistic agenda towards methodological uniformity. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 92, 7-41.
    • Garofoli, D. (2013): Comment on "Trees and ladders: A critique of the theory of human cognitive and behavioural evolution in Palaeolithic archaeology" by Langbroek, M. (Quaternary International 270: 4-14). Quaternary International, 299, 116-118.
    • Garofoli, D. (2013): Critique of "How things shape the mind. A theory of material engagement", by Lambros Malafouris. Journal of Mind and Behavior 34(3-4), 299-310.
    • Ranisch, R., Garofoli, D. & Dubljevic, V. (2013): "Clock Shock", motivational enhancement, and performance maintenance in Adderall use. American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience 4(1), 13-14.
    • Truppa, V., Piano Mortari, E., Garofoli, D., Privitera, S. & Visalberghi, E. (2011): Same/different concept learning by capuchin monkeys in matching-to-sample tasks. PLoS One 6/8, e23809.
    • Truppa, V., Garofoli, D., Castorina, G., Piano Mortari, E., Natale, F., & Visalberghi, E. (2010): Identity concept learning in matching to sample tasks by tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Animal Cognition 13, 835-848.

    Edited Volume

    • Iliopoulos, A. & Garofoli, D. (2016): “The material dimensions of cognition: Reconsidering the nature and emergence of the human mind”. Quaternary International 405, Part A.

            Conference contribution

            4th CogEvo 2014 - Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution - Foundations of Social Cognition” (07th - 09th July 2014)