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SocialBrain

Brain growth under social pressure: mathematical modelling of brain growth when individuals face social challenges

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Coordinator
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS 

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address: NORTH STREET 66 COLLEGE GATE
city: ST ANDREWS
postcode: KY16 9AJ
website: www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://mgforero.info/
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-10-15

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1    THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS UK (ST ANDREWS) coordinator 195˙454.00

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 Project objective

Growing and maintaining a large brain entails substantial energetic costs. A large brain can evolve if costs are compensated by benefits from associated cognitive abilities. Leading hypotheses for brain evolution consider benefits arising from the solution of ecological and social problems. However, progress has been hindered by the unavailability of mathematical theory generating testable hypotheses from known causes.

I will develop testable mathematical models that yield quantitative predictions for brain mass through ontogeny when individuals evolve under social pressures. The goal is to assess the relative role of the social and ecological hypotheses in brain evolution, particularly in humans. I will formulate the models using elements of metabolic theory and life history theory, and the analysis will require methods from optimal control and differential game theory.

This is a strongly interdisciplinary research project, and I will ensure its success by working with leaders in the respective fields of social evolution theory (Dr Andy Gardner, St Andrews), cognition (the world-class multi-departmental team at St Andrews), and differential game theory (Prof Maurizio Falcone, Sapienza). This work thus brings together a diversity of state-of-the-art elements and proposes an innovative, challenging, and important project, to produce a novel and readily usable tool to study brain evolution.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Mauricio González-Forero, Andy Gardner
Inference of ecological and social drivers of human brain-size evolution
published pages: 554-557, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0127-x
Nature 557/7706 2019-05-09

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