Nicolas Baumard


"I supervise the ‘Social Sciences’ track of the Master of Cognitive Sciences and the PhD Program of Cognitive Sciences where I teach ‘Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology‘, ‘Book Club in Anthropology“, ‘Data Science and Pop Culture‘ and ‘Adaptive plasticity and societal changes in the 21th century‘ (here are some tips if you want to join our programs)."

I am an evolutionary social scientist: I am particularly interested in understanding how our evolved cognition (e.g., morality, exploratory preferences, romantic love.) can inform the structure and dynamics of social and cultural phenomena such as social norms, religious beliefs, political institutions, fictions and the arts.

My work is thus at the intersection of the natural sciences (evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, experimental psychology), the social sciences (social anthropology, economic history, political sciences) and the humanities (cultural history, moral philosophy, literary theory).

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