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Research Students - Biological Anthropology  

Room: 326
Year of start: 2011
Subject: Biological Anthropology

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

The role of individual factors and the social environment in shaping adolescent behaviour


Ruth Mace


My research focuses on the role of individual factors and social influence in shaping the behaviour of teenagers, with a special focus on policy-relevant behaviour such as drug use and sexual behaviour. My primary theoretical framework is provided by human behavioural ecology (for individual factors) and studies in cultural evolution (for social influence).

Research interests

  • Behavioural ecology of adolescent behaviour
  • Social influence
  • Parental investment
  • Evolutionary medicine

Academic Background/Education

MA Philosophy of the Medical Sciences (thesis cum laude), University of Groningen, 2011

Thesis: Darwinizing Disease: A Philosophical Analysis of the Evolutionary Etiology of Disease Research Program; and the Prospects of an Evolutionary Concept of Disease

MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour (dist.), UCL, 2009

Thesis: Male Parental Investment and Pair-Bond Stability: An Empirical Test of Marriage as a Reproductive Contract

BA Philosophy of the Medical Sciences (cum laude), University of Groningen, 2008

Thesis title: Naturalized Philosophy of Action: Intentional Binding and the Experience of Agency

MSc Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, 2008

Thesis title: Cerebral Imaging of Metabolism and Perfusion in Patients with Probable Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment


ERC, UCL Impact Award

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