About our research

We are interested in the evolution of culture in two senses. Firstly we are interested in understanding how social learning processes have been shaped by natural selection, and to what extent we share these abilities with nonhumans.

We are also interested in cultural transmission as an evolutionary process in its own right, in other words, the idea that some cultural elements (such as jokes, stories, fashions, or skills) are more successful than others, and therefore spread as a result of teaching and imitation.

See our publications for some of the work that we have carried out on these topics.