About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Human Behaviour has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

Chief Editor: Stavroula Kousta

Stavroula’s background spans the humanities, social sciences and biological sciences, and she feels strongly about the need for interaction and integration among disciplines. From 2008–2013 she was the Editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, during which time the journal evolved into one of the leading reviews outlets in the behavioural sciences. She then joined PLOS Biology, managing the journal’s magazine section and handling research manuscripts in neuroscience. Advocating for robust research practices, she also led the introduction of meta-research as a core discipline covered in PLOS Biology. Originally from Greece, Stavroula obtained a PhD in English and Applied Linguistics (psycholinguistics) from the University of Cambridge. She then spent four years doing post-doctoral research on the psychological and neural underpinnings of language and semantic knowledge at University College London.




Senior Editor: Aisha Bradshaw

Aisha’s background is in political science, with an emphasis on international relations, conflict studies, and quantitative methodology. She was initially drawn to political science by the field’s strong interdisciplinary elements, and her interests remain broad. She began her studies with a B.A. in political science at the University of Chicago and completed her PhD at Ohio State University, where her research focused on the strategic provision of social services by violent groups. Additional research projects examined international alliance networks and causal inference methods for observational data.




Senior Editor: Jamie Horder

Jamie’s background is in cognitive neuroscience. Before becoming an editor, Jamie completed  a postdoc at King’s College London on the neuroscience of autism, and prior to that a PhD at Oxford studying depression. Jamie joined the Neuroscience & Psychology team of Nature Communications in October 2017, where he handled a broad range of manuscripts, including cognitive and systems neuroscience, psychiatry, cognitive and social psychology, and network science. He joined the team at Nature Human Behaviour in January 2019 and he is primarily responsible for social and affective neuroscience, psychiatry, and complex systems, but also work from allied fields, especially cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and computational sciences.




Senior Editor: Marike Schiffer

Marike’s background is in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Before moving to Nature Human Behaviour Marike worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University London. Along the way, she has been picking up degrees and research experience at the Ruhr-University Bochum (BSc Psychology), University of Otago (Research), Maastricht University (MSc Neuropsychology), Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research (PhD research), Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität (Dr. rer nat.), and finally Oxford and the Université Paris Descartes (post-doc positions). Most of Marike’s research centred on the question how we learn to behave adaptively in our changeable environment. How do we manage to pay attention when we have to, integrate information when it’s useful, choose the right action to achieve our goals? And what makes us confident we know what to expect? She addressed this aspect of human behaviour combining neuroimaging to test theories of functional neuroanatomy and computational approaches such as reinforcement-learning and Bayesian agents.




Associate Editor: Samantha Antusch

While she is interested in a broad range of research fields including political science, Samantha’s main background is in psychology with an emphasis on social and health psychology. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Groningen and Utrecht University. Originally being drawn to the field because of its clinical and practical relevance, she soon developed a strong interest in social cognitive research – especially focusing on (non-conscious) goal-pursuit, decision making and the sense of agency. Moreover, she has a keen interest in open and robust science as well as new developments in statistical testing. Before joining Nature Human Behaviour, she completed her PhD at Utrecht University where she researched the motivational underpinnings of the sense of agency. ​




Associate Editor: Charlotte Payne

Charlotte’s background is in Anthropology, Public Health, Primatology and Zoology. Before joining Nature Human Behaviour in 2019 she conducted research on the implications of using insects as food for our health, food security, and environmental footprint. This was the focus of her PhD thesis in Zoology at the University of Cambridge, and she has conducted field-based research on this topic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mexico and Burkina Faso. Prior to this she assisted with health related research projects at the University of Oxford, where she worked with large scale epidemiological data and high-throughput genomic data. She spent time in Japan as a Daiwa scholar in 2009-2011 and as a MEXT research student in 2013-2015, and speaks fluent Japanese. She did her undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge in 2006-2009, where she conducted field- and zoo-based research on great ape behaviour, ecology and genetics. She has a broad range of interests and is passionate about the importance of meaningful, interdisciplinary and equitable research.