I am Research Director at the CNRS and Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. I work in Evolution and Social Cognition team, at the Institut Jean-Nicod, in the Department of Cognitive Sciences.
I supervise the ‘Social Sciences’ track in the Master of Cognitive Sciences and in the PhD Program of Cognitive Sciences where I teach ‘Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology‘ and ‘Cultural Evolution‘.
I am an evolutionary social scientist: I combine evolutionary biology with the social sciences (cultural history, social anthropology, moral philosophy, economic history, literary theory) to study the nature and dynamics of cultural phenomena such as moral judgments, religious beliefs, political revolutions and art works.
My main research interests are:
- Cultural revolutions in history: I use Life-History Theory to explain behavioral variability across time and the psychological origins of cultural changes in history (here is a short summary focusing on the birth of moralizing religions, and here is a more general one on cultural evolution)
- The structure of human morality: I use Reciprocity Theory (in particular partner choice) to explain why moral judgments and cooperative behaviors are based on considerations of fairness (here is a short summary, and here are a series of Youtube videos by Stephane Debove, a former PhD student of mine);
I also collaborate on some related projects:
My publications are indexed on Google Scholar. I used to blog at the International of Cognition and Culture Institute and to write a monthly column on psychology and public policies in Cerveau&Psycho (in French).
Département d’Études Cognitives
75005 Paris (France)