Bio

Postdoctoral Research Associate with Tom Stafford at the University of Sheffield. I am interested in the evolution of cognition, human behaviour, social learning, decision making, cultural evolution, and most other things. Dedicated to transparent, reproducible, Open Science.

email: c.brand@sheffield.ac.uk

2021 – present:  Postdoctoral Research Associate with Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield

EPSRC has funded our project ‘Opening Up Minds: Engaging Dialogue Generated From Argument Maps’, led by Paul Piwek (Computer Science, Open University), Tom Stafford (Psychology, University of Sheffield), Andreas Vlachos (Computer Science, University of Cambridge) and Svetlana Stonyanchev (Toshiba Research Europe).

2017 –  2020:  Postdoctoral Research Associate with Alex Mesoudi , University of Exeter

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Cornwall Campus. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant: “The Cultural Evolution of Social Hierarchy: An Experimental Investigation,” awarded to Alex Mesoudi.

Sept 2013 – Dec 2016:  Ph.D – University of St Andrews, School of Psychology & Neuroscience

Title:  Sex Differences in Social Learning. Supervised by Dr Gillian Brown and Dr Kate Cross. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation Grant ‘Exploring the Evolutionary Origins of Cultural Complexity, Creativity and Trust’, awarded to Andrew Whiten and Kevin Laland.

Sept 2012 – 2013:  MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology, University of St Andrews.

Research project: Community and sex differences in the structure and function of chimpanzee pant-hoots. Fieldwork at Budongo Conservation Field Station, Uganda, supervised by Dr. Cat Hobaiter and Klaus Zuberbühler.

Sept 2009- May 2012:  BSc Human Sciences, 2:1, University College London.

Dissertation supervised by Volker Sommer on “Speciesism and the implications of cultural variation in non-human primates”

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