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.
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- Punishment: one tool, many uses Evolutionary Human Sciences, 1 DOI: 10.1017/ehs.2019.12
- Paranoia and conspiracy: group cohesion increases harmful intent attribution in the Trust Game PEERJ, 7 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7403
- An evolutionary perspective on paranoia Nature Human Behaviour DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0495-0
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