Research Associate, University of York

My research interests include understanding the archaeological record from the perspective of neuro-archaeology, cognitive evolution and visual neuroscience. Also interested in examining the ways in which the modern human brain differs from nonhuman primates in order to determine the evolution of cognitive abilities in hominins. Palaeolithic art, tool-making and Pleistocene material culture are of particular interest. I have contributed to the Lucy to Language project and act as an advisor to various academic journals and institutions on potential papers and projects relating to archaeology.

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Adjunct associate, University of York

Publications

  • 2017
    Costly signalling, the arts, archaeology and human behaviour, World Archaeology
  • 2016
    Why is rock art so evocative? Affective depiction of animals from Coso Range petroglyphs, southwest California, and Isco, Hazaribagh, India, Expression
  • 2016
    Are there alternative adaptive strategies to human pro-sociality? The role of collaborative morality in the emergence of personality variation and autistic traits. , Time and Mind
  • 2016
    Deciphering Patterns in the Archaeology of South Africa: The Neurovisual Resonance Theory. , Formal Models in Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology.
  • 2015
    The visual brain and the early depiction of animals in Europe and Southeast Asia. , World Archaeology
  • 2015
    The symmetry of Acheulean handaxes and cognitive evolution. , Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
  • 2014
    Decoding the Blombos Engravings, Shell Beads, and Diepkloof Ostrich Eggshell Patterns. , Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2014
    Commentary on Turing instabilities and symbolic material culture by Froese, Woodward and Ikegami. , Adaptive Behaviour
  • 2014
    The Significance of the Pech Merle Spotted Horses. , MDPI World Rock Art
  • 2014
    The Evolutionary Significance of the Arts: Exploring the By-product Hypothesis in the Context of Ritual, Precursors, and Cultural Evolution, Biological Theory
  • 2013
    The consequences of human behavior. , MDPI Humanities
  • 2013
    Ambiguity, Perception, and the First Representations, Origins of Pictures
  • 2013
    Grappling with an enigma: the complexity of human behavior as a multidimensional phenomenon, The Psychology of Human Behavior
  • 2013
    The Visual Brain, Perception, and the Depiction of Animals in Rock Art. , The Journal of Archaeology
  • 2013
    Cognitive Evolution, Population, Transmission, and Material Culture. , Biological Theory
  • 2012
    Emanations of the mind: Upper Palaeolithic art as a visual phenomenon. , Time and Mind
  • 2012
    Hominin Tool Production, Neural Integration and the Social Brain. , Human Origins
  • 2012
    Accommodating Opposing Perspectives in the “Modern Human Behavior” Debate, Current Anthropology
  • 2011
    The First Appearance of Symmetry in the Human Lineage: Where Perception Meets Art. , MDPI Symmetry
  • 2010
    Determining the behavioural profile of early modern humans: assimilating population dynamics and cognitive abilities, Before Farming
  • 2010
    The Neuropsychology of “Animism”: Implications for Understanding Rock Art, Rock Art Research
  • 2010
    The neuropsychological basis of rock art: hyperimagery and its significance for understanding the archaeological record, Archaeological Invisibility and Forgotten Knowledge.
  • 2009
    Evolution of the visual cortex and the emergence of symmetry in the Acheulean techno-complex. , C.R. Palevol.
  • 2009
    The Earliest Manifestations of ‘Art’: An Attempted Integration, Exploring the Mind of Ancient Man.
  • 2008
    Neurovisual theory, the visuo-motor system and Pleistocene palaeoart. , Pleistocene Palaeoart of the World. BAR International Series
  • 2008
    An "aesthetic" explanation for the symmetry of Acheulian handaxes: some neuropsychological insights, Plastir
  • 2008
    The Visual Dynamics of Upper Palaeolithic Art, Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2006
    The Emergence of the Representation of Animals in Palaeoart: Insights from evolution and the cognitive, limbic and visual systems of the human brain, Rock Art Research
  • 2006
    Altered States of Consciousness and Palaeoart: An Alternative Neurovisual Explanation, Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2006
    . Understanding the Origins of Palaeoart: The Neurovisual Resonance Theory and Brain Functioning. , Paleoanthropology
  • 2005
    Graphic Primitives and the Embedded Figure in 20th Century Art: Insights from Neuroscience, Ethology and Perception. , Leonardo
  • 2004
    Ways of Seeing - The Innocent Eye, Individual View and Visual Realism in Art, Journal of Consciousness Studies.
  • 2003
    Seeing the “Unseen”: Fragmented Cues and the Implicit in Palaeolithic Art. , Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2003
    The Biological Foundations of Upper Palaeolithic Art: Stimulus. Percept and Representational Imperatives. , Rock Art Research
  • 2002
    Canonical perspective and typical features in children's drawings: A neuroscientific appraisal. , British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
  • 2000
    Art, Perception and Information Processing: An Evolutionary Perspective. , Rock Art Research
  • 2000
    Shamanism, Phosphenes, and Early Art: An Alternative Synthesis. , Current Anthropology