My research is aimed at exploring what it is in human psychology that makes us so different from other animals (such as the great apes, our closest evolutionary relatives). Specifically, I am interested in how the interplay between cognition (i.e. joint attention and shared intentionality) and motivation causes humans to engage in complex cooperation and large scale social cohesion. The project is funded by Duke University and by an international Fulbright scholarship awarded in the Netherlands.
Wolf, W, Launay, J, and Dunbar, RIM. "Joint attention, shared goals, and social bonding." British Journal of Psychology 107.2 (May 2016): 322-337. Full Text
Wolf, W, Levordashka, A, Ruff, JR, Kraaijeveld, S, Lueckmann, J-M, and Williams, KD. "Ostracism Online: A social media ostracism paradigm." Behavior Research Methods 47.2 (June 2015): 361-373. Full Text