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PDRA in the Department of Anthropology



Hello, I am a postdoctoral research associate working with Prof Rachel Kendal, Prof Robert Barton (Durham University) and Dr Amanda Seed (University of St Andrews) on a project investigating Sequence cognition in primates.

I'm broadly interested in learning which cognitive and social factors differentiate humans from their closest living relatives, the great apes. I'm interested in sequence cognition, executive functions, social learning, cumulative culture, tool use, among others.

I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2017, working with Dr Claudio Tennie, Prof Sarah Beck, and Prof Ian Apperly on a project investigating the developmental origins of cumulative culture. After that, I held a teaching position at the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In 2018, I moved to St Andrews to work full-time as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr Amanda Seed on a project investigating the structure of executive functions in chimpanzees and human children. I'm always interested in new collaborations and in students reaching out to me, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Research interests

  • Comparative cognition
  • Cumulative culture
  • Executive functions
  • Sequence cognition
  • Social learning
  • Tool use


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