I am Senior Research Fellow in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, at Durham University. My research focuses on evolutionary and cognitive approaches to the human mind and culture, and in particular to communication and language. I employ a variety of research methods: controlled cognitive science experiments, mathematical and computational models, and theoretical, cross-disciplinary synthesis. My first book, Speaking Our Minds, was published in November 2014.

My major prizes and awards include an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant, early-career fellowships from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and Durham University’s Addison Wheeler bequest, the New Investigator Award from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (2011), and the British Psychological Society’s prize for Outstanding Doctoral Research (2010).

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