Michael McCullough (psychologist)

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Michael McCullough (born July 27, 1969) is an American psychologist and author. He received a PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995[1] and an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) in 2015. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory. He studies the functions of human behavior and mental processes using the conceptual tools of evolutionary psychology and cognitive science.[2] His research on revenge, gratitude, forgiveness, religion, and self-control has led him to be widely cited as an expert in both the scientific literature and media in general.[1][3][4][5] He is the author of Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct. He is currently writing a book on the evolution and cultural history of human generosity.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct. Michael McCullough. Jossey-Bass, 2008. ISBN 0-7879-7756-X, ISBN 978-0-7879-7756-6
  • The Psychology of Gratitude. Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (Eds., 2004). New York: Oxford Press.


  1. ^ a b Harmon, Katherine (May 4, 2011). "Does Revenge Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?". Scientific American. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Vita/Mike%27s%20VITA%20UM%20Format%20Long%20Form.pdf
  3. ^ Carter, Christine (2004). "Book Review: The Psychology of Gratitude". Greater Good, University of California Berkeley. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ CBS News (April 17, 2009). "All is forgiven?". CBS News Sunday Morning program. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough". On Being with Krista Tippett. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/ME_McCullough