Isabel Behncke

Academic Collaborator - Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford University

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
Doctorado en Ciencias de la Complejidad Social UDD - Acreditado