UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Nichola Raihani

Prof Nichola Raihani

Professor of Evolution and Behaviour

Experimental Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2011

Research summary

Research in this group explores the evolution of cooperation in nature. In particular, we ask what mechanisms can maintain cooperation in interactions where partners may otherwise be tempted to exploit one another. In parallel, we investigate the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of individual variation in social behaviour.

We work on a variety of model species, and use real-world and lab-based methods to tackle these questions.

We are striving to be an open science lab. We publish in open-access journals, we pre-register our experiments when we can, and we routinely post the materials, data and code to reproduce analyses online.

For more details, please visit the lab website: http://www.seb-lab.org/

Teaching summary

I offer an optional MSc module called Evolution & Social Behaviour (PSYC0089). The module is available to a limited number of students each year.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2007
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2003


2021-2024: International Leaders Visiting Fellowship, University of Auckland

2018: Philip Leverhulme Prize for Psychology

October 2017 - present: Professor of Evolution and Behaviour, Department of Experimental Psychology.

October 2011 - present: Royal Society University Research Fellow
University College London

July 2008 - October 2011 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society London

October 2004 - Feb 2008 - DPhil Cooperation and Conflict in Pied Babblers
University of Cambridge.
Supervisor: Prof. Tim H Clutton-Brock