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Evolution & Social Behaviour

Evolution And Social Behaviour

Social behaviour and social cognition are major foci in psychology. These social sciences are often pursued in isolation from biology, but these related disciplines converge in psychology. At McMaster, we take an integrated approach, combining the study of social cognition, development and behaviour with the study of animal behaviour, physiology and the evolution of behaviour.

Current Research Topics

  • Homicide and analyses of patterns of risk of lethal and nonlethal violence
  • Development of aggression and bulling in children
  • Social emotional development with a focus on extremely shy children
  • Evolution of parental care
  • Evolution of cognitive abilities
  • Social perceptual and social cognitive development
  • Biological drives for survival and reproduction