Prof Gillian Brown

Prof Gillian Brown


Researcher profile

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Research areas

Gillian Brown studies i) sex/gender differences and similarities in behaviour and cognition, and ii) evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour. Her research has previously investigated the role of gonadal hormones in the development of sex differences in behaviour in non-human animals, and her current research interests include the evolution of human mating strategies, the 'gender equality paradox' and cultural evolutionary approaches to human behaviour. More information on her research group website ( 

PhD supervision

  • Csilla Pakozdy

Selected publications

  • Evolutionary approaches to human behaviour

    Brown, G. R., Cross, C. P. & Laland, K. N., 2022, The Behaviour of Animals: Mechanisms, Function and Evolution; 2nd Edition; Ed. J. Bolhuis, L. Giraldeau and J. Hogan. Wiley, p. 456-488

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Gender equality and gender gaps in mathematics performance

    Brown, G. R. & Alexandersen, K., 1 Aug 2020, In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 24, 8, p. 591-593

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Open access

    Human mate-choice copying is domain-general social learning

    Street, S. E., Morgan, T. J. H., Thornton, A., Brown, G. R., Laland, K. N. & Cross, C. P., 29 Jan 2018, In: Scientific Reports. 8, 1715.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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