What drove human evolution? How did our species go from being a relatively unremarkable primate a few million years ago to the most successful species on the globe?
How has culture shaped our species genetic evolution, including our physiology, anatomy and psychology?
How can we use evolutionary theory to understand how people learn and transmit culture, and how does this lay a foundation for building a theory of cultural evolution?
How can we understand human social status? What’s the nature of prestige?
How can we explain the breadth, intensity and peculiar character of human sociality and cooperation?
What role has war and other forms of intergroup conflict played in human evolution, particularly in the evolution of cooperation and sociality?
In only about 12,000 years, how did human societies expand from relatively small-scale hunter-gatherer bands to vast and complex nation states?
What drives innovation and the process of cumulative cultural evolution?
How does cultural evolution shape our psychology, brains, motivations, hormonal responses, intuitive reactions, beliefs, worldviews and preferences? How can we account for the immense psychological variation we observe across the globe?
How can we explain the peculiar psychological and behavioral patterns observed in societies that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD societies)?
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- Well over 90% of psychological research exclusively studies populations living in the Global North, which are markedly lower in religiosity than most of the rest of the world. t.co/yQZbFk2oi0
- From controlling a computer with your thoughts to direct brain-to-brain communication, there are many possible future applications of neural and brain-computer interfaces. #NeuralInterfaces #BCI t.co/LKlPKYorD6
- Our new paper is out now in JEP:G! Looking across kids in India, the US, Argentina, & hunter-horticulturalist Shuar kids in Ecuador, we find lots of variation in risk & time preferences, notably that Shuar children are more risk-averse & present-oriented. t.co/dro7i8YQrV t.co/3cileFEGFV
- A dream job for someone with the right skill set. Applied cultural evolution meets high tech. @HirokiSayama @necsi @sfiscience @EvoInstitute @CulturalEvolSoc @evolvingfutures @tmwaring @psmaldino @JoHenrich @mmuthukrishna @MatthewMGervais t.co/nJLM7iPOzp
- My comment on @CeliaHeyes' "cultural evolutionary psychology" just out. Doubles as the answer to the frequent question whether we can expect "Planet of the Apes" to ever happen. 1/2 t.co/XEl5GRiyk4