Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Evolution of Human Behaviour

Overview

We're studying the behaviour of our own species from a comparative and evolutionary perspective.

Methodologies

Our projects on humans involve methodologies as diverse as:

  • large-scale surveys
  • economic and cognitive experiments
  • eye tracking
  • observational studies in the field
  • genetic analysis
  • mathematical modeling

Projects

Our members are actively involved in a number of projects on humans. These projects include:

  • examining the mechanisms underlying human 3D vision and language-learning abilities
  • studying the cultural evolution of languages under the influence of cognitive constraints
  • investigating the evolution of the human ability to cooperate with one another
  • probing the psychological mechanisms underlying eating disorders
  • understanding how different behavioural norms emerge in different social contexts

Staff

The following members of staff work within the Evolution of Human Behaviour research theme.

Dr Lauren Ackerman
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 19120 83368

Dr Caroline Allen
Research Associate

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056

Dr John Lazarus
Associate Researcher

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Professor Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8993

Gillian Pepper
Research Associate

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Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3467

Dr Bess Price
Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6253

Professor Jenny Read
Professor of Vision Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7559

Dr Gilbert Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 88704

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790

Dr Joel Wallenberg
Lecturer in Language Change (Linguistics and Eng Lang)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7366