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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- Social reward, punishment, and prosociality in paranoia. J Abnorm Psychol DOI: 10.1037/abn0000647
- Derationalizing Delusions Clinical Psychological Science, 216770262095155-216770262095155 DOI: 10.1177/2167702620951553
- 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
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