Research in this group explores the evolution of cooperation in nature. In particular, we ask what mechanisms can maintain cooperation in interactions where partners may otherwise be tempted to exploit one another. In parallel, we investigate the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of individual variation in social behaviour.
We work on a variety of model species, and use real-world and lab-based methods to tackle these questions.
We are striving to be an open science lab. We publish in open-access journals, we pre-register our experiments when we can, and we routinely post the materials, data and code to reproduce analyses online.
If you’re keen to come and work with us in the Social Evolution and Behaviour Lab at UCL, please get in touch.
Nichola Raihani is PI of the Social Evolution and Behaviour Lab. She is Professor in Evolution and Behaviour, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
Virgin fruit flies are less fussy than non-virgins in selecting breeding partners. This allows females to 'reduce the risk of dying as a virgin without lowering offspring quality'. https://t.co/MzLSctcyFZ— Prof Nichola Raihani (@nicholaraihani) June 23, 2021
Turns out mosquito researchers are pretty hardcore. I'm itching just looking at those bites!— Prof Nichola Raihani (@nicholaraihani) June 21, 2021
Images are by @myrmecos (check out his amazing website and beautiful photos here https://t.co/Ht03lqqUSA) pic.twitter.com/pE07blRMK3
One to start. Exclusive maternal care is the norm in mammals: paternal care occurs in less than 10% of species. Humans are in that small minority of mammals where fathers *do* invest in offspring. #HappyFathersDay #thesocialinstinct https://t.co/80Gc0C7nYL pic.twitter.com/H7WRsOAHT3— Prof Nichola Raihani (@nicholaraihani) June 20, 2021
Nichola Raihani awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize for Psychology
New paper shows that social threat causes paranoid thinking
Nichola Raihani elected to Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology