Location Monash University, Faculty of Information Technology
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Self funding students only
Project ID Evol1
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Evolutionary Impacts of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Deceptions in Biological Systems

Deception has been widely studied empirically in biology and social science. More recently researchers have introduced information theoretic models for understanding the mechanisms employed. The evolutionary role of deceptions involving cognition in organisms has not been as well studied as the simpler instances of deceptions not involving cognition, such as camouflage. This project will employ agent based modelling and information theoretic models to explore how non-cognitive and cognitive deceptions might have evolved in biological systems: their evolutionary advantages and what circumstances are favourable or unfavourable for their evolution. The intent is to explain what is known of deception in biology and evolutionary psychology and to contribute to the nascent field of the evolution of cognition.

This project is suited for a student with very good skills in mathematics and computer science, and a strong interest in information theory and evolutionary science.

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Dr Carlo Kopp