Associate Professor at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology and Fellow in Human Sciences at Wadham College, University of Oxford
I am Associate Professor at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford and Fellow in Human Sciences, Wadham College.
My current primary research explores psychological links between collective movement and exercise, social bonding, cooperation and wellbeing.
Since completing my PhD in Anthropology (Queen’s University Belfast, 2005) I have held positions at the Institute of Cognition and Culture (Queen’s), the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (Oxford), and the Research Group in Comparative Cognitive Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, Netherlands).
Few sports do relentless, tortuous agony quite like rowing and few rank higher on loyal, bonded camaraderie. Why do painful sports and team bonding go so well together? In competitive sports, happy euphoric moments can...