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Henrich, Joseph
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Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
Evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making, and culture with an emphasis on the cognition foundations of cultural learning. Culture-gene coevolution, human sociality, prestige, leadership, and large-scale cooperation. Economic behavior and the emergence of complex human institutions and societies. Cultural and evolutionary origins of faith and religion, and its relationship to cooperation and societal complexity. Methodological integrations of ethnography and experiments. Area interests in Amazonia, rural Chile, and Fiji.

Courses Taught
PSYC 205 Culture, Cognition, and Evolution, PSYC 358 Evolutionary Psychology, PSYC 529 Special Topics in Social Psychology, ECON 234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations, ECON 590 Modelling the Evolution of Social Behavior, ASTU 204A Understanding Humans

Representative Publications
Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A., & Henrich, J. (in press). Two Ways to the Top: Evidence that Dominance and Prestige are Distinct yet Viable Avenues to Social Rank and Influence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Henrich, J. (2012) Hunter-gatherer cooperation. Nature, 481, 449-450 .PDF

Henrich, J., Boyd, R., & Richerson, P. J., (2012) The Puzzle of Monogamous Marriage. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367 (1589), 657-669.PDF

Chudek, M., Heller, S., Birch, S. & Henrich, J. (2012) Prestige-Biased Cultural Learning:Bystander’s Differential Attention to Potential Models Influences Children’s Learning. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 46-56.PDF

Boyd, R., Richerson, P.J., & Henrich, J. (2011) The Cultural Niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation.. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. 108, 10918-10925.PDF

Chudek, M.& Henrich, J. (2011) Culture-gene coevolution, norm-psychology and the emergence of human prosociality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.15(5),218-226.PDF

Henrich, J. & Broesch, J. (2011) On the nature of cultural transmission networks: Evidence from Fijian villages for adaptive learning biases. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 366, 1139-1148. PDF [Data Supplement] [Talk at the Royal Society MP3]

Henrich, J.& Henrich, N. (2010) The Evolution of Cultural Adaptations: Fijian food taboos protect against dangerous marine toxins. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 277, 3715-3724. PDF [Data Supplement]

Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). Most people are not WEIRD. Nature, 466, 29. PDF

Henrich, J., Heine, S. & Norenzayan, A. (2010) The Weirdest People in the World?Behavioral and Brain Sciences. PDF

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., & Henrich, J. (2010) Pride, Personality, and the Evolutionary Foundations of Human Social Status. Evolution and Human Behavior.31(5), 334-347. PDF

Atran, S., Henrich, J. (2010) The Evolution of Religion: How cognitive by-products, adaptive learning heuristics, ritual displays, and group competition generate deep commitments to prosocial religions. Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition. PDF

Henrich, J., Ensimger, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., Ziker, J. (2010) Markets, Religion, Community Size, and the Evolution of Fairness and Punishment. Science, 327, 1480-1484. PDF

Henrich, J. (2009) The evolution of costly displays, cooperation, and religion: Credibility enhancing displays and their implications for cultural evolution. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 30, 244-260. PDF

Henrich, J., and Boyd, R. (2008) Division of Labor, Economic Specialization and the Evolution of Social Stratification. Current Anthropology, 49(4), (715-724). PDF

Vonk, J., Sarah, Brosnan, S.F., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., Richardson, A., Lambeth, S.P., Schapiro, S.J., Povinelli, D.J. (2008) Chimpanzees do not take advantage of very low cost opportunities to deliver food to unrelated group members. Animal Behavior, 75, 1757-1770. PDF

Henrich, J. (2006) Cooperation, Punishment, and the Evolution of Human Institutions.Science, 312: 60-61.

Henrich, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Ensimger, J., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J.C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., Ziker, J. (2006) Costly Punishment Across Human Societies. Science, 312: 1767- 1770. PDF

Hrushka, D. and Henrich, J. (2006) Friendship, cliquishness, and the emergence of cooperation. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 239(1): 1-15. PDF

Silk, J.B., Brosnan, S.F., Vonk, J., Henrich, J., Povinelli, D.J., Richardson, A.S., Lambeth, S.P., Mascaro, J., & Shapiro, S.J. (2005) Chimpanzees are indifferent to the welfare of unrelated group members. Nature, 437: 1357- 1359. PDF

Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles,S., Gintis,H., Fehr, E., Camerer, C., McElreath, R., Gurven, M., Hill, K., Barr, A. , Ensminger, J., Tracer, D., Marlow, F., Patton, J., Alvard, M., Gil-White F., and Henrich, N. (2005) ‘Economic Man’ in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Ethnography and Experiments from 15 small-scale societies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 795-855. PDF [with Target, Commentaries and Reply]

Henrich, J. (2004) Demography and Cultural Evolution: Why adaptive cultural processes produced maladaptive losses in Tasmania. American Antiquity, 69 (2): 197-21. PDF

Henrich, J. (2004) Cultural Group Selection, Coevolutionary Processes and Large-scale Cooperation. At target article in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 53: 3-35 and 127-143.PDF

Henrich, J. and McElreath, R. (2003) The Evolution of Cultural Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology, 12 (3): 123-135. PDF

Henrich, J. & Boyd, R. (2002) On Modeling Cognition and Culture: Why replicators are not necessary for cultural evolution. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2(2): 87-112.

Henrich, J. & McElreath R. (2002) Are Peasants Risk Averse Decision-Makers.Current Anthropology. 43(1): 172-181. PDF

Henrich, J. (2001) Cultural Transmission and the Diffusion of Innovations: Adoption dynamics indicate that biased cultural transmission is the predominate force in behavioral change and much of sociocultural evolution. American Anthropologist, 103: 992-1013. PDF

Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Gintis, H., McElreath, R., and Fehr, E. (2001) In search of Homo economicus: Experiments in 15 Small-Scale Societies.American Economic Review, 91(2), 73-79. PDF

Henrich, J., and Boyd, R. (2001) Why people punish defectors: conformist transmission stabilizes costly enforcement of norms in cooperative dilemmas.Journal of Theoretical Biology, 208, 79-89. PDF

Henrich, J.& Gil-White, F. (2001) The Evolution of Prestige: freely conferred status as a mechanism for enhancing the benefits of cultural transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 22, 1-32. PDF

Henrich, J.(2000) Does culture matter in economic behavior? Ultimatum game bargaining among the Machiguenga. American Economic Review, 90(4): 973-979

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