Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Joe Henrich
Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
 
 
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Post-Docs

MaxDr. Max Kleiman-Weiner
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My interests span the study of intelligence (natural), intelligence (artificial), and intelligence (moral). My goal is to understand how the human mind works with enough precision that it can be implemented on a computer. I also draw on insights from how people learn and think to engineer smarter and more human-like algorithms for artificial intelligence. (website)
 
Anke BeckerDr. Anke Becker
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research interests lie at the intersection of economics, psychology and anthropology. In particular, I am interested in whether and how culture shapes our preferences and beliefs. (website

 

SchulzDr. Jonathan Schulz
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research focuses on the co-evolution of culture and formal institutions. I am particularly interested in the role of kin-network structures on moral behavior and the formation of nation states with well-functioning institutions. My research combines insights from anthropology, economics and psychology making use of econometric methods and tools from experimental economics. (website).     
 
HelenDr. Helen Elizabeth Davis
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I use the theoretical perspectives of evolutionary psychology and behavioral ecology to better understand cognitive development and cognitive decline in humans. In particular, I am interested in how variable access to resources, different learning environments, and ecological variation can affect cognition across the lifecourse. I work with the Tsimane of Bolivia and the OwaTwa & Himba of northern Namibia. (website).    
 
Duman Bahrami-Rad
Dr. Duman Bahrami-Rad
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research interests are in development and cultural economics. Combining insights from economics and anthropology, I particularly focus on the origins and consequences of differences in kin networks, marriage practices, and gender norms. (website). 

 

Graduate Students

Manvir Singh
G7 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Manvir Singh studies the social, cognitive, and cultural evolutionary foundations of complex cultural traditions that reliably develop in human societies everywhere, including law, music, story, shamanism, and witchcraft. (website)
 
 
Graham Noblit
G4 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I aim to understand the evolution of political institutions and why they vary across the world. In particular, I am interested in how variation in institutions produces and stems from psychological variation. To answer these questions, I make use of mathematical models alongside psychological and economic experiments. I consider my research to entail both positive and normative aspects. My applied interests focus on the design of political-economic institutions and developing a more general applied cultural evolutionary science.

Kevin Hong
G4 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I am broadly interested in understanding human behavior from evolutionary perspectives. In particular, I study the evolution of non-adaptive behaviors in light of dual inheritance theory and gene-culture co-evolution. In addition, I am interested in the future of human evolution given the contemporary cultural environment in post-industrial countries.
 
TommyTommy Flint
G3 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Right now I'm working on projects related to alcohol consumption, sex ratios, sexual competition, bachelors, and the development of coalitions and friendships. If you'd like to talk about any of those topics send me an email: tommyflint[~at~]g.harvard.edu 

 

Cammie

Cammie Curtin
G2 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Beyond a general interest in cultural evolution, I am fascinated by the interactions between language, cognition, and culture. I received a BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College, where I also explore the diversity of human behavior and culture through courses in language, art history, and anthropology. Before joining the graduate program, I studied the effects of matrilineal kinship on spousal cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and served as the Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager for several years. 
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Lab Manager

CammieTiffany HwangTiffany Hwang
Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager
In 2018, I earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. During this time, I completed a senior honors thesis through the Psychology Departmental Honors program that investigated how Cervical Dystonia patients perceive vertical in their environment. Additionally, I led research projects within the Anthropology department, including projects on pathogen versus ectoparasite disgust and threat-based credulity. Presently I am working on a paper that provides an evolutionary framework for understanding anorexia nervosa and the thin ideal in industrialized societies, as well as assisting the lab on projects investigating the origins of WEIRD psychology.

 

Lab Associates

SamSamuel Walmsley
I am interested in the evolution of cognition and culture across species. Most recently I have focused on vocal behaviour in dolphins and narwhals, looking to understand the size and functions of their communicative repertoires. My current aim is to use computational models to generate predictions regarding the evolution of large brains and the transmission of adaptive knowledge.
 
 
Max WinklerMax Winkler
Visiting PhD student from the Department of Economics, University of Zurich
My research aims to shed light on the foundations of individual and collective decision making by integrating insights from psychology and anthropology into economics. I have digitized historical sources and compiled novel data sets using text analysis and lab-in-the-field experiments to study the origins and consequences of cultural variation in preferences, beliefs, and values.
 
 

Research Assistants

AndyAndy Chen is a visiting undergraduate student from Emory University volunteering in the Culture, Cognition, and Coevolution lab. Currently working towards degrees in both anthropology and neuroscience, Andy is interested in the application of evolutionary paradigms in understanding human evolution, disease, and behavior.

 

 

JasonJason Thompson is an undergraduate at Tufts University, volunteering in the Culture, Cognition and Coevolution lab. He is pursuing a degree in both psychology and philosophy, with an emphasis on the evolutionary foundations of psychological behavior. In the lab, Jason catalogs folktales from around the world.

 

 

FanuaFanua Wiek received her B.A. in Human Evolutionary Biology with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy from Harvard in 2018. As an undergraduate Fanua looked at the attitudes and perceptions of communities in Fiji towards traditional medicine. She is currently interested in education as a determinant of health in low and middle-income countries and ultimately plans to continue her studies in the field of public health. 

 

Heyang

Heyang Yin works as a research assistant in the Culture Cognition and Coevolution lab. She earned her Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2018. Heyang is interested in the impact of child-rearing practices on children’s social and cognitive development across different cultures. Currently, she plans to continue on to a Ph.D. in cultural or developmental psychology.