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Our research tackles a simple question that poses a deep evolutionary puzzle: why do individuals invest to help others?

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. If you’re keen to come and work with in the Social Evolution and  Behaviour Lab at UCL, please get in touch.

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Principal investigator

Nichola Raihani

Nichola Raihani is PI of the Evolution and Social Behaviour Group, Chair of UCL Psychology Consulting, and a Royal Society University Research Fellow.