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Dr Keith Jensen

Photograph of Keith Jensen

School of Psychological Sciences
Coupland 1 Building
Coupland Street, Oxford Road
Manchester, UK M13 9PL


I am interested in the evolution and psychological underpinnings of sociality. More specifically, I am investigating the nature of other-regarding concerns in governing our social behaviour. To investigate how people come to know and care about the welfare of others, I use ideas from game theory and methods from experimental economics, as well as standard psychological approaches, to study nonhuman primates and children. 


  • Evolution of Behaviour and Cognition (year 2)
  • Sociality and Communication: Evolutionary Perspectives – with Elena Lieven (year 3)



  • Riedl, K., Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2015).

    Restorative justice in children. Current Biology, 25(13), 1731-1735. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.014

. Publication link: 0c251464-38cf-44e2-a4b7-cc7f2fe296e9


. Publication link: 48b46b9e-571b-4a90-abec-575937bc8027

  • Vogelsang, M., Jensen, K., Kirschner, S., Tennie, C., & Tomasello, M. (2014).

    Preschoolers are sensitive to free riding in a public goods game. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 729. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00729. Publication link: ab3b867e-4c17-40f1-982a-fef7c35f455e

  • Jensen, K., Silk, J. B., Killen, M. (Ed.), & Smetana, J. G. (Ed.) (2014).

    Searching for the evolutionary roots of human morality. In Handbook of Moral Development. (2 ed., pp. 475-494). New York: Psychology Press. . Publication link: 13065039-ab8f-4135-a688-96b3b5a80795

  • 2013