Joseph Henrich

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Joseph Henrich
Born (1968-09-06) 6 September 1968 (age 52)
NationalityCanadian[citation needed]
Occupationprofessor of human evolutionary biology
Known forThe Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter

Joseph Henrich (born 1968) is a Canadian[failed verification] professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, and Chair of the department.[1] Henrich was a professor of psychology and economics at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in the question of how humans evolved from "being a relatively unremarkable primate a few million years ago to the most successful species on the globe", and how culture affected our genetic development.[2]

Biography[edit]

Henrich holds bachelor degrees in anthropology and aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, earned in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he worked as a Test and Evaluation Systems Engineer for General Electric Aerospace (sold to Martin Marietta in 1993) in Springfield, Virginia. In 1995, he earned a master's degree and four years later, a doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

From 2002 to 2007, Henrich was on the faculty of Emory University in the Department of Anthropology.[3] He became then the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution at the University of British Columbia, where he was a professor in the departments of psychology and economics. In 2015, he was named Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Research[edit]

Henrich's research areas include cultural learning, the evolution of cooperation, social stratification, prestige, and the evolution of economic decision-making and religious beliefs. He advocates the idea that polygamy is harmful for society[4] because monogamy reduces male-male competition. Henrich's research shows that in psychological testing, people with a Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic background—the WEIRD people—are not representative of humans in general in many psychological tests.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Henrich, Joseph; Bowles, Samuel; Boyd, Robert; Camerer, Colin; Fehr, Ernst; Gintis, Herbert (2004). Foundations of human sociality: economic experiments and ethnographic evidence from fifteen small-scale societies. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199262052.
  • Henrich, Joseph; Henrich, Natalie (2007). Why humans cooperate. Oxford.
  • Henrich, Joseph; Ensminger, Jean (2014). Experimenting with social norms. Russell Sage Foundation Press.
  • Henrich, Joseph (2016). The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691166858.
  • Henrich, Joseph (2020). The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374173227.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Henrich, HEB, Harvard University
  2. ^ Joseph Henrich: Guiding Questions
  3. ^ Joseph Henrich Archived 2015-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, University of British Columbia Faculty profile.
  4. ^ Markus Schär (4 December 2018). "Anthropologe Joseph Henrich: «Es schadet dem Zusammenleben, wenn Männer mehrere Frauen haben dürfen" (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ Henrich, Joseph; Heine, Steven J.; Norenzayan, Ara (2010). "The weirdest people in the world?". Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 33 (2–3): 61–83. doi:10.1017/S0140525X0999152X. PMID 20550733.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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