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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- Neighbourhood wealth, not urbanicity, predicts prosociality towards strangers Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287 (1936), 20201359-20201359 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1359
- Punishment is strongly motivated by revenge and weakly motivated by inequity aversion Evolution and Human Behavior DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2020.06.001
- Paranoia, sensitization and social inference: findings from two large-scale, multi-round behavioural experiments ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 7 (3) DOI: 10.1098/rsos.191525
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