Nigel Barber

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Nigel Barber
Born (1955-11-07) November 7, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materCity University of New York (Ph.D., 1989)
Trudy Callaghan (m. 1979)
Scientific career
FieldsBiopsychology, evolutionary psychology
InstitutionsBemidji State University, Birmingham-Southern College
ThesisProximate factors in the control of sandbathing in the chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger) (1989)
Doctoral advisorRobert L. Thompson

Nigel William Thomas Barber (born November 7, 1955 in Tullamore, Ireland) is an Irish-born American biopsychologist and author.[1][2]


Barber emigrated from his native Ireland to the United States in 1982.[1] He received his Ph.D. in biopsychology from the City University of New York in 1989, after which he taught at Bemidji State University as an instructor for one year, and then at Birmingham-Southern College as an assistant professor.[1]


Barber's research focuses on various subjects in the fields of biopsychology and evolutionary psychology.[1] These include the evolution of altruism,[3] the reasons that men grow facial hair,[4][5] and the reasons that people believe in religion, which he believes pertain to economic adversity.[6][7]

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Barber is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Nigel Barber". Contemporary Authors. Gale. 2009.
  2. ^ Keenan, John (2016-12-07). "Where is the world's most 'godless' city?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  3. ^ Dingfelder, Sadie (2006-12-01). "Altruism: An accident of nature?". Monitor on Psychology. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  4. ^ Saxtin, Tamsin (2016-04-19). "The real reason men grow beards". BBC Future. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  5. ^ Abrahams, Marc (2012-06-04). "Men's facial hair: losing by a whisker". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  6. ^ "Nigel Barber: Religion Will Disappear By 2041". The Inquisitr. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  7. ^ Sheets, Connor Adams (2013-07-24). "Author Claims 'Atheism Will Replace Religion' By 2041". International Business Times. Retrieved 2017-08-25.

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