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I completed my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, under the supervision of Michael Tomasello and Josep Call. After that I continued working as a postdoc, a coordinator for research in African chimpanzee sanctuaries and senior scientist. In 2013 I was awarded my own Minerva Research Group on the Human Origins of Self-Regulation within the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. I joined the psychology department at Portsmouth as a senior lecturer in July 2020.


Research Interests

The goal of my research is to investigate the roots of human cooperation and self-control through a multi-disciplinary and comparative lens. My experimental research focuses on: 1) contributing to our understanding of the evolution of human cognition by identifying shared and unique socio-cognitive abilities in humans and non-human great-apes and 2) discovering how developmental factors and cultural characteristics influence social cognition and behavior. To pursue this goal, over the last years, I established, coordinated and conducted research across various cross-cultural field sites in Africa and African chimpanzee sanctuaries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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