I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway and study the psychology of imagined communities (national and large sub-national social groups that are perceived as natural entities) from a cognitive and evolutionary perspective. My wider research interests include the psychology of ideological systems and “irrational” cognitions and behaviour.
My PhD research is primarily interested in explaining social behaviour from a gene-culture coevolution perspective. I am interested in how our similarity to others affects our decisions to use social-learning strategies, and how social-learning strategies can uphold group beliefs. I use a mixture of economic games and theoretical modelling to investigate the proposed evolutionary roots of our behaviour.
I am a PhD student at Royal Holloway, previously at the University of Kent and St Mary’s University. My current work involves exploring attitudes towards biotechnology, specifically gene editing. I want to identify what psychological factors inform attitudes towards this emerging technology. In addition to this, I also research anti-science attitudes, such as vaccination opposition.
My research investigates the stability of moral preferences, integrating tools from experimental economics, social and cognitive psychology. I am interested in modelling the psychological factors shaping moral self-judgements, judgement and choices over time and decision contexts.