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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- 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
- Helping in humans and other animals: a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 284 (1863) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0929
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