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Larissa Mendoza Straffon


Dr. L. Mendoza Straffon

Since September 2020, Larissa Mendoza Straffon is Principal Investigator in the project Visual Signs as Cognitive Tools: Phylogeny and Ontogeny, funded by The John Templeton Foundation and hosted by the Cognitive Psychology Unit at Leiden University. This project aims at unifying perspectives from cognitive archaeology, comparative, and developmental psychology to better understand and explain the emergence of visual symbol production in human evolution and during infancy. The project collaborates closely with the CoPAN Lab, led by Dr. Mariska Kret.
Larissa is a cognitive archaeologist affiliated to the Department of Psychosocial Science and the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) at the University of Bergen in Norway. She has a PhD from the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Her main research interests are the evolution of the human mind and the origins of visual art.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

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