- Cultural evolution
- Gene-culture co-evolution
- Cumulative culture
- Material culture
- Individual and social learning
- social learning biases
- comparative cognition
- evolutionary models
- social-conventional culture
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Cumulative culture in children
Which social learning mechanisms underlie children's acquisition of cumulative culture?
Are groups of children able to produce cumulative culture (the "ratchet effect")?
Associative tool use (use of two or more tools)
Are young children able to use two tools in combination to solve problems without receiving help? Do different ways of combining tools differ in difficulty?
Spontaneous cross-species copying in young children (with Elisa Bandini & Claudio Tennie)
Children's social vs individual learning (with Alison Gwilliams, Lewis Dean, Rachel Kendal & Claudio Tennie)
Novelty seeking, divergent thinking, and independent problem solving in young children (with Elena Hoicka, Stephanie Powell & Claudio Tennie)
Past Research projects
- Children’s spontaneous tool use - how do children come up with novel tool behaviours on their own? What kind of tool behaviours can young children invent on their own?
- Young children's understanding of false beliefs about object identity in a helping study (Master project)