I am interested in the evolution of communication, human language and the human capacity for language. You can see my Research in a Nutshell video for a brief summary.

My main areas of interest include:
Experimental models of cultural evolution (see papers in PNAS, Cognition, Proc Roy Soc B)
Biological evolution of language learning biases/strategies (see paper in Phil Trans B)
Cross-situational learning (see experimental paper in Cognitive Science, modelling paper in Physical Review Letters and Focus piece in Physics)

I am PI on the ESRC-funded project Cognitive and Interactional Causes of Regularity in Language, which I work on with Dr Olga Fehér. I am mentoring Dr Marieke Schouwstra on a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.