Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Bruce Rawlings

Ph.D., Durham University

Postdoctoral Researcher, EVO Learn Lab
Bruce Rawlings



I undertook my undergraduate degree in psychology at Plymouth University (UK). From there, I completed a masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York (UK). I then completed my PhD at Durham University (UK) investigating individual differences in the use of social and asocial information in children and chimpanzees. Specifically, I investigated whether age, sex, personality and social network positions predicted childrens' and chimpanzees' propensity to solve novel problems through innovation or through social learning.

Previously I have conducted work investigating cultural differences in natural foraging behaviours in chimpanzees (Zambia) and the spread of novel behaviours through the social networks of wild capuchins (Brazil).

My current research encompassess the development of teaching, social learning and cognition across cultures as well as the evolutionary origins of cumulative culture.

See more information on my website here:

  •   Map
  • Department of Psychology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    SEA 4.208
    108 E. Dean Keeton Stop A8000
    Austin, TX 78712-1043