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

Although individuals are expected to benefit from selfish behaviour; cooperation is not only commonplace in nature, but is of profound evolutionary and social significance, being responsible for most of the major evolutionary transitions. I aim to elucidate the mechanisms that maintain cooperation in interactions where partners may otherwise be tempted to exploit one another. In parallel, I investigate the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of individual variation in cooperative behaviour. To answer these questions, I work on a variety of systems, including humans and non-human animals.

For more information, please visit my website: www.raihanilab.weebly.com.

Teaching summary

Evolution and the Human Condition (BASc 32)


University of Cambridge
, | 2008
University of Cambridge
, | 2007
University of Cambridge
, | 2003


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