A research group at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus using evolutionary theory to explain human behaviour, cognition, culture and society
Members of the Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group (HuBCEG) at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus apply evolutionary theory and methods to study human behaviour, cognition, life histories, cultural evolution and social complexity.
We conduct research in cultural evolution (Currie, Mesoudi, Lamba, Thornton), human life history evolution (Postma, Russell), human behavioural ecology (Cant, Lamba), comparative cognition and animal behaviour (Cant, Dall, Russell, Thornton), primatology and conservation (Hockings), theoretical ecology (Dall, Kuijper) and nongenetic inheritance (Dall, Kuijper, Mesoudi).
We bring together expertise in lab experiments, ethnographic fieldwork, field experiments, historical and cross-cultural analyses, theoretical modelling, and non-human comparative methods.
1 Mar 2018: Biosciences seminar by Prof Fiona Jordan (University of Bristol): "Cultural evolution of human kinship diversity: the micro and macro of talking about family" (Host: Alex Mesoudi)
HuBCEG meets every week during term time to discuss papers or hear talks from our members or external guests. Please contact Lotty Brand for information.
For more details of past and future events see the Events page.