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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- Paranoia and the social representation of others: a large-scale game theory approach SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04805-3
- Children are sensitive to norms of giving Cognition DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.01.006
- Supporting Conservation: The Roles of Flagship Species and Identifiable Victims Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12319
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