Isabel Behncke

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford University - DCCS Adjunct Professor

DCCS Adjunct Professor
Researcher Research Center in Social Complexity (CICS), School of Government, Universidad del Desarrollo.

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford University.
Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Oxford University, UK.


Foundations of Social Cognition and Social Behavior

Research interests:
Play, Cognition (Anthropology), Conservation Biology.

Phone: +44 (0)1865 271413
Address: Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD United Kingdom.



  • Sullivan, Richard; Behncke, Isabel; Purushotham, Arnie, 2010, Why do we love medicines so much? An evolutionary perspective on the human love of pills, potions and placebo, EMBO REPORTS, NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, MACMILLAN BUILDING, 4 CRINAN ST, LONDON N1 9XW, ENGLAND, 1469221X, 8,568, 10.1038/embor.2010.108, Q1; Q1
  • David-Barret, Tamas; Rotkirch, Anna; Carney, James; Izquierdo, Isabel Behncke; Krems, Jaimie A.; Townley, Dylan; McDaniell, Elinor; Vyrne-Smith, Anna;
  • Dunbar, Robin I. M., 2015, Women Favour Dyadic Relationships, but Men Prefer Clubs: Cross- Cultural Evidence from Social Networking, PLUS ONE, PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE, 1160 BATTERY STREET, STE 100, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111 USA,  1932-6203, 2,806, 10.1371/journal.pone.0118329, Q1
  • Behncke, Isabel, 2015, Play in the Peter Pan ape, CURRENT BIOLOGY, CELL PRESS, 600 TECHNOLOGY SQUARE, 5TH FLOOR, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139 USA, 0960-9822, 8,851, , Q1; Q1
  • Sakamaki, Tetsuya; Behncke, Isabel; Laporte, Marion; Mulavwa, Mbangi; Ryu, Heungjin; Takemoto, Hiroyuki; Tokuyama, Nahoko; Yamamoto, Shinya; Furuichi,
  • Takeshi, 2015, Intergroup Transfer of Females and Social Relationships Between Immigrants and Residents in Bonobo (Pan paniscus) Societies, DISPERSING PRIMATE FEMALES: LIFE HISTORY AND SOCIAL STRATEGIES IN MALE-PHILOPATRIC SPECIES, , ¿?, ,  10.1007/978-4-431-55480-6_6,
  • David-Barrett, Tamas; Izquierdo, I. Behncke; Carney, J; Nowak, K.; Launay, J.; Rotkirch, A., 2016, Life course similarities on social networking sites, ADVANCE IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND, 1040-2608, 1,642, 10.1016/j.alcr.2016.04.002, Q1


  • Evolutions gift of play from bonobo apes to humans, Ted Fellowship, 2016
  • Adult Play As a Universal Human Behaviour, Otto A, Malm foundation (€ 4,00) 2016/2017

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Acreditado por 5 años

Desde julio 2019 hasta julio 2024

Agencia: Acreditado por la Comisión Nacional de Acreditación (CNA)