Professor of Cognitive Anthropology
I am a Professor within the Institute of Human Sciences (SAME) and a Tutorial Fellow in Human Sciences at Wadham College. My research studies social affiliation in everyday human behaviour, culture and health within a broad evolutionary framework. Current work explores how forms of collective physical activity build and benefit from social bonding and support among individuals. I have also researched the influence of accent and other social markers on children’s developing social preferences and cognitive factors influencing the transmission of culture.
For my lab website, see Social Body Lab.
After completing my PhD in Anthropology (Queen’s University Belfast, 2005), I held post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Cognition and Culture (Queen’s), the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (Oxford), and the Research Group in Comparative Cognitive Anthropology (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands).
Telephone: + 44 (0)1865 274704