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 social 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:
- Human cooperation and 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);
- Cultural evolution in ancient and modern 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).
Département d’Études Cognitives
75005 Paris (France)