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Nichola Raihani

Dr Nichola Raihani

Research Fellow


University College London

Research summary

I work at the interface between evolutionary biology, economics and psychology to identify the mechanisms underpinning cooperation among unrelated individuals. My research addresses the following sort of questions:

how do reputation effects promote helping behaviour?

does punishment promote cooperation and, if so, when?

are punishers ever liked, or preferred as interaction partners?

why do humans help strangers?

I also work as a behavioural insights consultant to several public and private sector companies. I provide evolutionarily informed insights into how organisations can 'nudge' people to behave prosocially in different contexts.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

The role of signalling in the evolution of punishment and cooperation

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Feb 2018 - Jan 2021

Value: £0

Do asymmetries stabilise cooperation in nature?

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2011 - Jan 2018

Value: £593,826.95

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