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Eithne Kavanagh

Research Fellow


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Research fellow working on Prof. Bridget Waller's ERC grant investigating individual differences in facial expression and social networks in humans and nonhuman primates. Leading the human component, which involves online and face-to-face testing.

Research areas

Evolution of communication and social behaviour in humans and nonhuman primates, dominance and power dynamics.


Morales Picard, A., Mundry, R., ...Kavanagh, E., ... & Slocombe, K., (2020). Why preen others? Predictors of allopreening in parrots and corvids and comparisons to grooming in great apes. Ethology, 126(2), 207-228.

Pereira, A. S., Kavanagh, E., Hobaiter, C., Slocombe, K. E., & Lameira, A. R. (2020). Chimpanzee lip-smacks confirm primate continuity for speech-rhythm evolution. Biology Letters, 16(5), 20200232.

Rosa, M., Kavanagh, E., Kounov, P., Jarosz, S., Waldzus, S., Collins, E. C., & Giessner, S. (2017). Change commitment in low‐status merger partners: The role of information processing, relative ingroup prototypicality, and merger patterns. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56(3), 618-630.

Wilke, C., Kavanagh, E., Donnellan, E., Waller, B. M., Machanda, Z. P., & Slocombe, K. E. (2017). Production of and responses to unimodal and multimodal signals in wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii. Animal Behaviour, 123, 305-316.

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