University of St Andrews

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Dr Lewis Dean
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Bute Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

I am a John Templeton Foundation funded post-doc with Andy Whiten and Kevin Laland where I am currently supporting several projects. I gained my PhD from St Andrews in 2010 co-supervised by Kevin Laland and Rachel Kendal (University of Durham). My PhD research investigated the evolution of human cumulative culture, with work on a range of primate species.

Following my PhD, I worked for Sense About Science and The Physiological Society on public engagement with science and science communication.




Vale, GL, Dean, L & Whiten, A 2016, Culture in nonhuman animals. in Wiley International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Dean, L, Vale, GL & Whiten, A 2016, Imitation, social learning and cultural traditions. in H Callan (ed.), Wiley International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Dean, L 2015, 'Educational interventions need evidence too. Commentary: a crisis in comparative psychology: where have all the undergraduates gone?' Frontiers in Psychology, vol 6, 1868. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01868
Dean, L & Kendal, R 2015, 'Subjectivity may hinder the application of Kline’s teaching framework in comparative contexts' Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol 38, no. 1. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X14000478
Dean, L, Vale, GL, Laland, KN, Flynn, EG & Kendal, RL 2014, 'Human cumulative culture: a comparative perspective' Biological Review, vol 89, no. 2, pp. 284-301. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12053
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