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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- Group reciprocity and the evolution of stereotyping Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 290 (1991) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2022.1834
- Knowing me, knowing you: Interpersonal similarity improves predictive accuracy and reduces attributions of harmful intent Cognition, 225 DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105098
- Paranoia reveals the complexity in assigning individuals to groups on the basis of inferred intentions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45, e109-e109 DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X21001229
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