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Rafael Wlodarski

BA(Hon), BBus, DPhil

Behavioural Scientist (Visiting Academic)

Behavioural insights into social behaviour

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around evolutionary approaches to the study of human behaviour and lie somewhere at the intersection of social and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, cognition and genetics. In particular, I am interested in understanding cross-cultural variation, gender differences, the establishment of mating pair-bonds, and the formation and maintenance of social relationships and their effects on health and wellbeing. 

I utilise may techniques and technologies, including those stemming from neuroscience, classic behavioural research and genetics, as well as analysis of big data using Machine Learning to gain insights into human behaviour.


My work has straddled the fields of Behaviour Insights, Data Science, and Science Communication. I most recently worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group (SENRG), headed by Professor Robin Dunbar, and remain a visiting academic with the group. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at Monash University Australia, a one-year postgraduate research degree in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne (BSc(Hon)), and completed my DPhil (PhD) Thesis in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. I have travelled extensively over the past decade and had previously spent several years carrying out cultural and logistical research for commercial travel guides published by Lonely Planet Guidebooks.

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