Robert Jagiello

robert jagiello

DPhil Student

St Antony's College

Research: I am interested in the cultural evolution of rituals within the context of individual social learning processes as well as diffusion patterns on the population level. In order to investigate the conditions that mediate the transmission and innovation of ritualistic practices across time and space, I am employing a multi-methods approach including agent-based modelling, lab-based psychological experiments as well as analyses of data from the Seshat Global History Databank ( I am based at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion (

Other interests: neuroscience of music and memory, cognitive science of biases and beliefs, evolution of cooperation and altruism, evolution of language

Previous education

MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, ICEA, University of Oxford (2019)
MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences, Institute of Neurology, University College London (2017)
BSc in Psychology, Warwick University (2016)


Jagiello, R., Pomper, U., Yoneya, M., Zhao, S., & Chait, M. (2019). Rapid Brain Responses to Familiar vs. Unfamiliar Music–an EEG and Pupillometry study. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-13.

Jagiello, R., & Hills, T. T. (2018). Bad News Has Wings: Dread Risk Mediates Social Amplification in Risk Communication. Risk Analysis, 38(10).

Email: robert[dot]jagiello[at]anthro[dot]ox[dot]ac[dot]uk