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Bronwyn TarrInstructor


  • PhD, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 2015
  • MS, Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, 2010
  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Zoology, University of Cape Town, 2008


Bronwyn is originally from Namibia, and moved to the UK to read towards two degrees at the University of Oxford, funded by a Rhodes Scholarship. Her academic experience includes an BSc(hons) in evolutionary biology (University of Cape Town), an MSc in environmental sciences (Oxford), and a DPhil (Oxford) in social and evolutionary psychology—focussing on the evolution of dance. She is also trained in fine art, as well as classical ballet, contemporary and Latin dance. Whilst based in Professor Robin Dunbar’s Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Bronwyn’s doctoral research combined her passion for dance with her curiosity about human nature and evolution of social behaviours. Her thesis centred on evolutionary theories of our species’ love-affair with music and dance. Working with people in Brazil, Oxford and Barcelona, she has researched how dancing in synchrony acts as a social glue, causing the release of endorphins and the experience of a collective ‘high’. More recently she has collaborated with artists (musicians, choreographers, dancers and film-makers) to explore movement, loneliness and connectivity.