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Alicia Melis



Associate Professor


WBS - Behavioural Science
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7652 4498

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of cooperation and in particular the psychological mechanisms supporting human cooperative and prosocial interactions. Which psychological traits underlying the cooperative relationships of humans are uniquely human and which traits do we share with other apes? To what extent are cooperative skills dependent on sophisticated communicative skills (e.g. language) and moral education? Although all human societies are based on cooperative interactions, cooperation is difficult and can break down easily, so what promotes and helps to stabilize coordination and cooperation between individuals?


Alicia Melis is Assistant Professor in the Behavioural Science Group at Warwick Business School. Prior to joining Warwick Business School she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig ). She studied Biology at the Freie University of Berlin and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Leipzig under the supervision of Michael Tomasello, Brian Hare and Josep Call. She investigates the phylogenetic roots and the development of human cooperative and prosocial behavior. She conducts studies with humans (mainly young children) and chimpanzees in African sanctuaries.

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