Grant winners – 1 September 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

September 1, 2016
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Medical Research Council

Research grants

In vitro and in vivo preclinical testing of pericyte-engineered grafts for correction of congenital heart defects


Rational design, synthesis and biological evaluation of benzimidazoles: towards a novel therapy selectively targeting C. neoformans beta-tubulin


Development of metabolism radiotracers to probe disease pathology in human subjects with cancer


National Institute for Health Research

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Acute day units as crisis alternatives to residential care (AD‑CARE)


From programme theory to logic models for multi-specialty community providers: a realist evidence synthesis


Dementia and cognitive impairment in the prison population of England and Wales: identifying individual need and developing a skilled, multi-agency workforce to deliver targeted and responsive services


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants
Humanities

The register of Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York (1215-55)


Nature and impacts of Middle Pleistocene volcanism in the Ethiopian Rift


Social sciences

British amateur topographical art and landscape in Northwest Italy, 1835-1915


In detail

Award winner: Alex Mesoudi
Institution: University of Exeter
Value: £217,042

The cultural evolution of social hierarchy: an experimental investigation

Picture the scenario: a friend starts a new job. Is she more likely to learn from the assertive, intimidating supervisor whom her new colleagues fear, or from the thoughtful, reserved supervisor whom they look up to and respect? How people acquire information from others, “social learning”, has been explored widely in academia, but the wider social context within which they do so has not. There has been little study of how the socio-hierarchical organisation of human groups influences social learning. This project will combine cultural evolutionary theories from biology and anthropology with experimental social psychology and behavioural economics methodologies. The team will explore how social learning unfolds within, and may itself generate, social hierarchies. The researchers will also examine how social learning can generate social hierarchies based on knowledge exchange.

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