Joseph Henrich, University of British Columbia
On the Origins of WEIRD People (Or, why psychology should become a historical science)
Dr. Joseph Henrich holds the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution at UBC where he is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Economics.
His research interests include 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.
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