Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

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

Dr. Martin Lang

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

My work lies at the intersection between the humanities and the cognitive and behavioral sciences, combining laboratory experiments with field studies to explore the effects of ritual on the individual and group level. I study effects of music on inter-personal coordination, synchronous movement, decision-making and social bonding. My other research line is focused on understanding the role that ritualized motor sequences might play in alleviating anxiety. I use physiological measurements, motion capture, machine-learning algorithms, and linear and nonlinear data analysis (recurrence quantification analysis). (website)

Dr. 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

 

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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).

 

Graduate Students

Manvir Singh

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

I’m intrigued by the processes by which rules emerge in human societies, as well as the evolutionary underpinnings and cultural evolution of expressive behavior (art). I earned an ScB from Brown University in 2012 (and studied burying beetles) before pursuing a year-long Fulbright project about policing in animal societies. I currently conduct fieldwork among the Mentawai people of Siberut Island (Indonesia). (website)

 

Graham Noblit
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

I'm interested in the scaling up of society and the evolution of political decision-making, norms, and institutions. We currently lack a robust theory of institutions or institutional selection, though institutions are often called upon for explaining phenomena. Understanding institutions requires understanding them as both group level phenomena and products of individual decision-making. I believe that behavior is a function of how individuals perceive the world around them. To integrate these approaches, I call on theory and methods from cultural evolutionary theory and  cognitive anthropology and use economic, psychological, cognitive, and affective experiments. Additional interests are folksociology (how people think about groups, society, etc.) and collective action. Email: graham_noblit[~at~]g.harvard.edu.


Kevin Hong
Ph.D. Student 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.

 

Tommy Flint

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Right now I'm interested in research related to alcohol use, violence, mating systems and strategies, the psychology of social norms and reputations, literacy, and storytelling. If you'd like to talk about any of those topics send me an email: tommyflint[~at~]g.harvard.edu. 

 

 

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Lab Associates

Dr. Nathan Nunn
Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Visiting Faculty Member in the Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab

Nathan Nunn is Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Nunn was born in Canada, where he received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, cultural economics, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. (website)
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Dr. Leander Heldring
Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard University

Post-doctoral Associate in the Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab

My research interests are in development economics, economic history and political economy with a particular interest in the role the state in development. (website)
 
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Lab Manager

CammieCammie Curtin

Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager

I received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in 2013, where I also explored my interest in culture through coursework in language, art history, and anthropology.  Hopes of synthesizing these areas brought me to the Culture, Cognition and Coevolution Lab. My research interests include cultural evolution, the evolution of language, and the relationship between language and cognition.