Yvan Russell


Middlesex University

Yvan Russell is an evolutionary psychologist studying the evolution of expert intelligence in humans and animals. He is developing a multi-disciplinary research program covering the topics of cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, cross-cultural and developmental psychology, the psychology of religion, statistics, anthropology, and behavioural economics. Yvan studied psychology at the University of Manitoba (B.A.-Adv.) and then studied evolutionary psychology and biology at the universities of Reading (M.A.) and Liverpool (Ph.D.). For his Ph.D., he studied cognition in chimpanzees and other great apes. Subsequently, he held postdoctoral research fellowships at Brunel University, Oxford University, and the University of Göttingen. He has also taught at undergraduate and postgraduamore...

Ph.D. University of Liverpool, School of Biological Sciences, 2007.

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  1. Phelps, Steve, Ng, Wing Lon, Musolesi, Mirco and Russell, Yvan I. (2018) Precise time-matching in chimpanzee allogrooming does not occur after a short delay. PLoS One, 13 (9). pp. 1-26. ISSN 1932-6203 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201810)
  2. Phelps, Steve, Ng, Wing Lon, Musolesi, Mirco and Russell, Yvan I. (2016) Reciprocal mutualism not altruism: immediate but not delayed time matching in chimpanzee social grooming. In: 8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB2016), 12-15 July 2016, Vienna.
  3. Russell, Yvan I. (2016) Reciprocity and reputation: a review of direct and indirect social information gathering. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 37 (3-4). pp. 247-270. ISSN 0271-0137
  4. Robertson, Lauren Poppy and Russell, Yvan I. (2016) Age and gender differences in smiling and laughter: the power asymmetry hypothesis retested. Human Ethology Bulletin, 31 (3). pp. 5-14. ISSN 2224-4468
  5. Russell, Yvan I. and Dunbar, Robin I. M. (2007) Polyadic grooming among captive chimpanzees. In: Conference: “Social Organization and Cognitive Tools. General Patterns in Vertebrates?", Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle, Grünau, Austria.
  6. Russell, Yvan I. and Dunbar, Robin I. M. (2008) Complexity in chimpanzee grooming cliques: complex thoughts or simple rules? In: International Primatological Society (IPS) XXII Congress,, Edinburgh International Convention Centre, Scotland.
  7. Russell, Yvan I. (2010) Social monitoring by reputation: how to compare humans and animals in an evolutionary framework? In: Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) spring meeting, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland,.
  8. Russell, Yvan I., Murzac, Adrian, Gobet, Fernand and Whitehouse, Harvey (2010) Semantic network analysis of religious pamphlets. In: Final EXREL Project Conference held in concert with Religion: A Human Phenomenon. XXth World Congress of the International Association of the History of Religions (IAHR), 15-21 Aug 2010, Toronto, Canada.
  9. Russell, Yvan I., Call, Josep and Dunbar, Robin I. M. (2005) An ‘indirect reputation’ experiment in four great ape species. In: 1st Congress of the European Federation for Primatology (EFP), Göttingen, Germany.
  10. Russell, Yvan I., Gobet, Fernand and Whitehouse, Harvey (2009) The effects of mood on game learning and analogical transfer in a disguised Tower of Hanoi task. In: Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation (CEM 09) International Congress., Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia.