Prestige

Forthcoming
Witkower, Z, J. L. Tracy, J. T. Cheng, and J. Henrich. “Two Signals of Social Rank: Prestige and dominance are associated with distinct nonverbal displays.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Forthcoming).
2017
Henrich, J., and C. Tennie. “Cultural Evolution in Chimpanzees and Humans.” In Chimpanzees and Human Evolution, edited by M. Muller, R. Wrangham, and D. Pilbeam, 645-702. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017. Book link PDF
2016
Cheng, J. T., J. L. Tracy, S. Ho, and J. Henrich. “Listen, Follow Me: Dynamic Vocal Signals of Dominance Predict Emergent Social Rank in Humans.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 145, no. 5 (2016): 536–547. Online Version
Moya, Cristina, and Joseph Henrich. “Culture–gene coevolutionary psychology: cultural learning, language, and ethnic psychology.” Current Opinion in Psychology 8 (2016): 112-118. PDF
Muthukrishna, Michael, Thomas Joshua Henry Morgan, and Joseph Henrich. “The When and Who of Social Learning and Conformist Transmission.” Evolution and Human Behavior 37, no. 1 (2016): 10-20. PDF
2015
Henrich, Joseph, Maciej Chudek, and Robert Boyd. “The Big Man Mechanism: how prestige fosters cooperation and creates prosocial leaders.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370, no. 1683 (2015). Publisher's Version PDF
The Secret of Our Success: How culture is driving human evolution, domesticating our species, and making us smart
Henrich, Joseph. The Secret of Our Success: How culture is driving human evolution, domesticating our species, and making us smart. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Humans are a puzzling species. On the one hand, we struggle to survive on our own in the wild, often unable to solve basic problems, like obtaining food, building shelters or avoiding predators. On the other hand, human groups have produced innovative technologies, sophisticated languages, and complex institutions that have permitted us to successfully expand into environments across the globe. What has enabled us to dominate such a vast range of environments, more than any other species? The Secret of Our Success lies not in our innate intelligence, but in our collective brains—in the ability of human groups to socially interconnect and to learn from one another.

Drawing insights from lost European explorers, clever chimpanzees, hunter-gatherers, neuroscientists, ancient bones, and the human genome, Joseph Henrich demonstrates how our collective brains have propelled our species’ genetic evolution, and shaped our biology. Our early capacities for learning from others produced many innovations, such as fire, cooking, water containers, plant knowledge and projectile weapons, which in turn drove the expansion of our brains and altered our physiology, anatomy and psychology in crucial ways. Further on, some collective brains generated and recombined powerful concepts, such as the lever, wheel, screw and writing. Henrich shows how our genetics and biology are inextricably interwoven with cultural evolution, and that this unique culture-gene interaction has propelled our species on a unique evolutionary trajectory.

Tracking clues from our ancient past to the present, The Secret of Our Success explores how our cultural and social natures produce a collective intelligence that explains both our species striking uniqueness and odd peculiarities.

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2014
Henrich, J., and N. Henrich. “Fairness without punishment: behavioral experiments in the Yasawa Island, Fiji.” In Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective, edited by J. Ensminger and J. Henrich. New York: Russell Sage Press, 2014. PDF
2013
Cheng, J. T., J. L. Tracy, T. Foulsham, A. Kingstone, and J. Henrich. “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 104, no. 1 (2013): 103-125. PDF
2012
Chudek, M., S. Heller, S. Birch, and J. Henrich. “Prestige-biased cultural learning: bystander's differential attention to potential models influences children's learning.” Evolution and Human Behavior 33, no. 1 (2012): 46-56.Abstract

Reasoning about the evolution of our species' capacity for cumulative cultural learning has led culture gene coevolutionary (CGC) theorists to predict that humans should possess several learning biases which robustly enhance the fitness of cultural learners. Meanwhile, developmental psychologists have begun using experimental procedures to probe the learning biases that young children actually possess - a methodology ripe for testing CGC. Here we report the first direct tests in children of CGC's prediction of prestige bias, a tendency to learn from individuals to whom others have preferentially attended, learned or deferred. Our first study showed that the odds of 3- and 4-year-old children learning from an adult model to whom bystanders had previously preferentially attended for 10 seconds (the prestigious model) were over twice those of their learning from a model whom bystanders ignored. Moreover, this effect appears domain-sensitive: in Study 2 when bystanders preferentially observed a prestigious model using artifacts, she was learned from more often on subsequent artifact-use tasks (odds almost five times greater) but not on food-preference tasks, while the reverse was true of a model who received preferential bystander attention while expressing food preferences. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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2011
Chudek, Maciej, and Joseph Henrich. “Culture–gene coevolution, norm-psychology and the emergence of human prosociality.” Trends in cognitive sciences 15, no. 5 (2011): 218-226. PDF
Henrich, Joseph, and James Broesch. “On the nature of cultural transmission networks: evidence from Fijian villages for adaptive learning biases.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366, no. 1567 (2011): 1139-1148. Audio File PDF Supplement
2010
Atran, S., and J. Henrich. “The Evolution of Religion: How Cognitive By-Products, Adaptive Learning Heuristics, Ritual Displays, and Group Competition Generate Deep Commitments to Prosocial Religions.” Biological Theory 5, no. 1 (2010): 1-13. PDF
Foulsham, Thomas, Joey Cheng, Jessica Tracy, Joseph Henrich, and Alan Kingstone. “Gaze Allocation in a Dynamic Social Situation of Social Status and Speaking.” Cognition 117, no. 3 (2010): 319-331. PDF
Cheng, Joey T, Jessica L Tracy, and Joseph Henrich. “Pride, personality, and the evolutionary foundations of human social status.” Evolution and Human Behavior 31, no. 5 (2010): 334-347. PDF
2008
Henrich, J.A cultural species.” In Explaining Culture Scientifically, edited by Melissa Brown, 184-210. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008. PDF
Five misunderstandings about cultural evolution
Henrich, Joseph, Robert Boyd, and Peter J Richerson. “Five misunderstandings about cultural evolution.” Human Nature 19, no. 2 (2008): 119-137. PDF
2007
Henrich, J., and R. McElreath. “Dual Inheritance Theory: The Evolution of Human Cultural Capacities and Cultural Evolution.” In Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, edited by Robin Dunbar and Louise Barrett, 555-570. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. PDF
2006
Henrich, J.Understanding Cultural Evolutionary Models: A Reply to Read's Critique.” American Antiquity 71, no. 4 (2006). PDF

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