Nicolas Baumard

I am a research scientist at the CNRS and an associate professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (CV here).

I co-lead the Evolution and Social Cognition team, at the Institut Jean-Nicod, in the Department of Cognitive Sciences.

I also 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 human scientist: I use the concepts and theories of evolutionary biology to study human phenomena such as social norms, religious beliefs, institutions or art works. My main research interests are:

  • Cultural evolution and history: I use Life-history theory to explain behavioral variability across time and space, and in particular the psychological origins of modern cultures (here is a short summary focusing on the birth of moralizing religions, and here is a more general one on cultural evolution)

I also collaborate on some related projects:

My publications are indexed on Google Scholar, some thoughts are on Twitter. 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).

Institut Jean-Nicod
Département d’Études Cognitives
75005 Paris (France)