I am currently working as a Research Associate in the Anthropology Department of Durham University. Prior to this I completed a joint Anthropology-Psychology doctorate at Durham University and worked as a research fellow at St. Andrews University.
My research focuses on how biases in our cognition for certain types of content have influenced both the cultural evolution and transmission of narratives. My research draws on the fields of cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology and social learning.
Postdoctoral research associate, Durham University
Postdoctoral research fellow, St. Andrews University
Durham University, PhD
Liverpool University, Msc Evolutionary Psychology
Manchester University, BSc (Hons) Psychology
Serial killers, spiders and cybersex: social and survival information bias in the transmission of urban legends, British Journal of Psychology
Expect the Unexpected? Testing for minimally counterintuitive (MCI) bias in the transmission of contemporary legends a computational phylogenetic approach, Social Science Computer Review, 31(1), 90-102