Evolutionary Neurosciences

  • Mechanisms for Bonding Large Scale Communities

    This project will examine the physiological processes involved in maintaining relationships in large scale communities (i.e. beyond the 150-level community of the personal network). In traditional small scale societies, communities are bonded through a variety of activities as diverse as music and dance, and the rituals of religion, often associated with a form of euphoria […]

  • Community Size, Shared Culture, and Moral Partiality

    Besides simply knowing who your friends are, sociality depends on a sense of mutual trust and obligation. In traditional societies, community cohesion is in large part generated by a sense of shared common purpose, of being signed up to the same grand project that entails obligations towards, and expectations of appropriate behaviour from, fellow community […]

  • Modelling Kinship and Other Constraints on Network Efficiency

    Historically, there is a fundamental question about how humans managed to raise their community sizes from the upper limit of 50 characteristic of monkeys and apes, through the 150 characteristic of contemporary hunter-gatherers to the successive layers of 500 and 1500 and beyond that seems to have been the trajectory since the Neolithic settlement. It […]