Evolution of Human Behaviour

We can study the behaviour of our own species from a comparative and evolutionary perspective, and doing so sometimes gives us insights that would not be gained any other way.

CBE members are actively involved in a number of projects on humans. These include, amongst many other examples:

  • 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

Projects on humans involve methodologies as diverse as large-scale surveys, economic and cognitive experiments, eye tracking, observational studies in the field, genetic analysis and mathematical modeling.

Staff Profiles

Evolution Of Human Behaviour

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Dr John Lazarus
Associate Researcher

Professor Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8993

Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Dr Bess Price

Professor Jenny Read
Professor of Vision Science

Dr Gilbert Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer

Dr Martin Tovee

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8616

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