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How do humans recognise kin?

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    Dr L Debruine
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Kinship is central to biological theories of social behaviour. This research programme will develop a comprehensive model of
human kin recognition that will generate testable predictions about the effects of potential kinship cues such as facial or vocal family resemblance, MHC/odour, and the contextual effects of maternal perinatal association and co-residence. The PhD student, with guidance from the PI and two postdoctoral RAs, will be responsible for designing studies to test the effects of potential kinship cues on prosocial and sexual behavior, recruiting and testing participants, creating custom face stimuli, preparing saliva samples for MHC analysis, taking 3D face images, and processing 3D face images.

The candidate should possess a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology, Biology, Computer Science or equivalent. Having MSc or research experience in a related area is an advantage.

When applying, please choose ’MVLS - PhD’ from the drop down menu and enter the project title in the free text box.

Start date is 1 October 2016

Funding Notes

Funded by the ERC – 42 month PhD studentship £18,409
(student is required to pay their own tuition fee).



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