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.
On the web
- An evolutionary perspective on paranoia Nature Human Behaviour DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0495-0
- Experimentally induced social threat increases paranoid thinking ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 5 (8) DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180569
- Conflict and cooperation in paranoia: a large-scale behavioural experiment. Psychological medicine, 1-11 DOI: 10.1017/s0033291717003075
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