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Research Students - Biological Anthropology  

Year of start: 2011
Subject: Biological Anthropology

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

The Costs of Inter-Cultural Interaction – A Case Study on Protestant and Catholic Communities in Northern Ireland


Prof. Ruth Mace


I am interested in trying to understand why people live groups, why they seem to prefer to interact with individuals of their own group and what are the costs and benefits associated with leaving or joining a group. At the moment, I am looking at the individual costs involved in inter-cultural interaction in Northern Ireland, focusing on fertility and cooperative behaviour in situations of mixed marriages and of different area levels of religious homogeneity.

Research interests

  • Evolution of Religion
  • Group Dynamics

Academic Background/Education

MSc Human Evolution & Behaviour, UCL (2010)
PGCert in Photography, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (2007)
BSc Environmental Biology, University of West of England (2005)


Silva, A.S. (2011). Face Values, a review of In Your Face - The New Science of Human Attraction by David Perrett. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 201-203

Silva, A.S., Lummaa, V., Muller, U., Raymond, M. & Alvergne, A. (In Press). Facial attractiveness and fertility in populations with low levels of modern birth control. Evolution & Human Behavior


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