Nichola is the PI of the Evolution and Social Behaviour Group at UCL. She is Professor of Evolution & Behaviour, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and also serves as Chair of Psychology Consulting . Her research explores the mechanisms that underpin cooperation among non-relatives in nature, with a particular focus on the roles of punishment and reputation-based partner choice.
Gabriel HudsonGabriel is a PhD student whose primary interest concerns the proximate psychological mechanisms that motivate prosocial behaviour in humans. His research focuses on the evolutionary psychology of the emotions, their motivational properties, and their interpersonal moderators. Gabriel plans to use behavioural experiments that examine the effect of evolutionarily salient factors upon both empathy and guilt.
Elena is doing her PhD on ‘Urban-rural variation in cooperative behaviour’ at UCL. Her research focuses on the mechanisms underpinning urban-rural variation in prosocial behaviour in humans. She use a combination of laboratory and real-world experiments to establish whether city-dwellers are less cooperative than their rural counterparts and, if so, why.
Supervisor: Dr Nichola Raihani
Tommaso is a visiting PhD student from University of Milan-Bicocca. His research explores (i) the role of reputation in the production of large scale public goods and (ii) the dynamic of contributions in non-linear social dilemmas. He uses empirical tools (e.g. economic experiments) and, in the near future, plans to integrate them with computational methods.
Sarah’s research examines the role of reputation in human cooperation. This includes a phylogenetic analysis of the role of ‘bad reputation’ in Bantu societies of Sub-Saharan Africa, and an examination of how Saami reindeer herders in the Arctic Circle use reputation within their cooperative systems.
Supervisor: Prof. Ruth Mace, UCL
Co-supervisor: Dr Nichola Raihani