The BPS Cognition Conference & Article Absence

I apologise for the lack of articles on the blog the last few months. I have been accepted for a PhD in Oslo, so a lot of time has been spent moving and preparing. I hope to rectify my inactivity by putting some more posts on the blog this year!

In the meantime, here is a photo from the BPS Conference in Nottingham, September 5th 2014. At this conference I had one poster and one oral talk, both where on gender effects on the Stroop test.

You can view a pdf of the talk HERE, although obviously its content was elaborated with commentary which is not included.

The poster can be viewed HERE.



Experimental paper on hunter-gatherer theory published!

publicationolmAt long last my BSc dissertation (extensively rewritten) has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, Psychology Research!

This is my second publication, but my first experimental paper to be published. The article is about object location memory and perceptual search in the hunter-gatherer theory, and its contents is largely based on my BSc dissertation, which was also presented at the BPS 2012 conference and HBES 2013. Continue reading

The HBES 2013 Experience

HBESThe HBES conference is now over. It was a great experience for me; It was my first international conference presentation (more on that in a later post), I learned a lot about evolutionary topics that were new to me, and I met a lot of great people. Presented topics represented a wide variety of fields such as psychology, anthropology, biology, economics, and even criminology. Continue reading

The Road to HBES 2013


Hi everyone.

On wednesday 17th of July the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society (HBES) Conference opens in Miami. I plan to attend the entire 4-day conference, held at the Loews in Miami Beach, Florida.I will also be presenting my Hunter-gatherer dissertation on Saturday 20th of July. I hope to document it, but no promises. Stay tuned.

You can read more about HBES here:

Co-operation in animals: inclusive fitness, group selection, and multilevel selection

With thanks to Rachael Wilner for input and for creating the banner. Also, thanks to Khalid Jeway for input.

Why do animals cooperate and help each other? Why do ants live in societies where they all seem to cooperate collectively? Surely, if the ultimate goal for any animal was to reproduce effectively, why would they risk their lives helping others? An altruistic act, that is acts that are beneficial to others but comes with a cost to oneself, was a fundamental problem with Darwin’s theory of evolution. In this article I will discuss the evidence for debate concerning two approaches that explains this: inclusive fitness and group selection. Continue reading