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Forthcoming Papers

  1. Muthukrishna, M. & J. Henrich (forthcoming). Innovation in the Collective Brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0192

  2. Willard, K., Henrich, J., & Norenzayan, A. (forthcoming). Memory and Belief in the Transmission of Counterintuitive Content. Human Nature. PDF

  3. McKerracher, L., M. Collard, M., & J. Henrich (forthcoming). Food Aversions and Cravings during Pregnancy on Yasawa Island, Fiji. Human Nature.PDF
  1. Henrich, J. (forthcoming). Culture and Social Behavior. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
  1. Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., Gervais, W. M., Willard, A., McNamara, R.,Slingerland, E., & Henrich, J. (forthcoming). The Cultural Evolution of Prosocial Religions. Behavioral and Brain SciencesPDF

Published Papers

  1. Moya, C. and J. Henrich (2016). Culture-Gene Coevolutionary Psychology: Cultural Learning, Language, and Ethnic Psychology. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8: 112-118. PDF

  2. McKerracher, L., Collard, M., & Henrich, J. (2015). The expression and adaptive significance of pregnancy-related nausea, vomiting, and aversions on Yasawa Island, Fiji. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(2): 95-102.PDF

  3. Moya, C., Boyd, R., & Henrich, J. (2015). Reasoning about cultural and genetic transmission: Developmental and cross-cultural evidence from Peru, Fiji, and the United States on how people make inferences about trait transmission. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7: 595-610. PDF

  4. Salali, G. D., M. Juda, M., & Henrich, J. (2015). Transmission and Development of Costly Punishment in Children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(2): 86-94. PDF

  5. Broesch, J., Henrich, J., & H.C. Barrett. (2014). Adaptive Content Biases in Learning about Animals Across the Lifecourse. Human Nature 25(2): 181-199PDF

  6. Hruschka, D., Efferson, C., Jiang, T., Falletta-Cowden, A., Sigurdsson, S., McNamara, R., Sands, M., Munira, S., Slingerland, E., and J. Henrich. (2014). Impartial Institutions, Pathogen Stress and the Expanding Social Network. Human Nature, 25: 567-579PDF

  7. McNamara, R., Norenzayan, A., & J. Henrich. (2014). Which God is Watching? Divine Punishment, Material Insecurity, and In-Group Favoritism in Yasawa, Fiji. Religion, Brain and Behaviour, (ahead-of-print): 1-22. PDF

  8. Henrich, J. (2014). Rice, Psychology, and Innovation. Science 344(6184): 593-594 PDF

  9. Kline, M., Boyd, R., & Henrich, J. (2013). Teaching and the Life History of Cultural Transmission in Fijian Villages. Human Nature24(4), 351-374.PDF

  10. Muthukrishna, M., Shulman, B. W., Vasilescu, V., & Henrich, J. (2013). Sociality Influences Cultural Complexity. Proceeding of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1774): 20132511. PDF

  11. Richerson, P & J. Henrich (2012). Tribal Social Instincts and the Cultural Evolution of Institutions to Solve Collective Action Problems. Cliodynamics 3(1), 38-80. PDF

  12. House, B. R., Henrich, J., Brosnan, S. F., & J. B. Silk (2012). The ontogeny of human prosociality: behavioral experiments with children aged 3 to 8. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 291-308. PDF

  13. Laurin, K., Shariff, A., Henrich, J., and A.C. Kay (2012). Outsourcing punishment to god: Beliefs in divine control reduce earthly punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. PDF

  14. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., McElreath, R., Gurven, M., Richerson, P. J., Ensminger, J., Alvard, M., Barr, A., Barrett, H. C., Bolyanatz, A., Camerer, C. F., Cardenas, J-C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H. M., Gil-White, F., Gwako, E. L., Henrich, N., Hill, K., Lesorogol, C., Patton, J. Q., Marlowe, F. W., Tracer., D. P., & J. Ziker (2012). Reply to van Hoorn: Converging lines of evidence. Proceedings of the National Acadamey of Sciences of the United States of America. PDF

  15. Henrich, J., & M. Chudek (2012) Understanding the research program. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35 (1), 29-30. PDF

  16. Henrich, J. (2012) Hunter-gatherer cooperation. Nature, 481, 449-450 .PDF

  17. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., & P.J. Richerson (2012) The Puzzle of Monogamous Marriage.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367 (1589), 657-669.PDF  

  18. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., McElreath, R., Gurven, M., Richerson, P. J., Ensminger, J., Alvard, M., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, C. F., Cardenas, J-C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H. M., Gil-White, F., Gwako, E. L., Henrich, N., Hill, K., Lesorogol, C., Patton, J. Q., Marlowe, F. W., Tracer, D. P., & J. Ziker (2012) Culture does account for variation in game behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 109(2), E32-E33.PDF We have also provided a full length version of our reply to Lamba and Mace[Extended Online Commentary]

  19. Chudek, M., Heller, S., Birch, S. & J. Henrich (2012) Prestige-Biased Cultural Learning:Bystander’s Differential Attention to Potential Models Influences Children’s Learning. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 46-56.Margo Wilson Award WinnerMargo Wilson Award Winner PDF

  20. Gervais, W. M., Willard, A.K., Norenzayan, A.& J. Henrich (2011) The Cultural Transmission of Faith: Why innate intuitions are necessary, but insufficient, to explain religious belief. Religion, 41, 389-410PDF

  21. Henrich, J. (2011) A cultural species: How culture drove human evolution. Psychological Science Agenda. Science Brief. PDF

  22. Boyd, R., Richerson, P.J., & J. Henrich (2011) The Cultural Niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation.. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States108, 10918-10925.PDF 

  23. Chudek, M.& J. Henrich (2011) Culture-gene coevolution, norm-psychology and the emergence of human prosociality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.15(5),218-226.PDF.

  24. Henrich, J. & J. Broesch (2011) On the nature of cultural transmission networks: Evidence from Fijian villages for adaptive learning biases. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 366, 1139-1148. PDF [Data Supplement] [Talk at the Royal Society MP3 ] 

  25. Boyd, R., Richerson P. J., & J. Henrich (2011) Rapid cultural adaptation can facilitate the evolution of large-scale cooperation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology65,431-444 PDF

  26. Broesch, T., Callaghan T., Henrich, J., Murphy, C. & P. Rochat (2011) Cultural Variations in Children’s Mirror Self-Recognition. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(6): 1019-31. PDF

  27. Gervais, W., & J. Henrich (2010) The Zeus Problem: Why Representational Content Biases Cannot Explain Faith in Gods. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10, (383-389).[PDF]

  28. Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., & J. Henrich (2010) Pride, Personality, and the Evolutionary Foundations of Human Social Status. Evolution and Human Behavior. 31(5), 334-347. [PDF]

  29. Henrich, J.and N. Henrich (2010) The Evolution of Cultural Adaptations: Fijian taboos during pregnancy and lactation protect against marine toxins. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. [PDF] [Data Supplement]

  30. Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & A. Norenzayan (2010). Most people are not WEIRD. Nature, 466, 29. [PDF]

  31. Henrich, J., Heine, S. & A. Norenzayan (2010) The Weirdest People in the World? Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [PDF] [Audio File Part I] [Audio File Part II] [Coverage in Science]

  32. Atran, S., & J. Henrich (2010) The Evolution of Religion: How cognitive by-products, adaptive learning heuristics, ritual displays, and group competition generate deep commitments to prosocial religions. Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition. [PDF]

  33. Henrich, J., Ensimger, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., & J. Ziker (2010) Evolution of Fairness (Reply). Science, 329, 388-390. [PDF]

  34. Henrich, J., Ensimger, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., & J. Ziker (2010) Markets, Religion, Community Size, and the Evolution of Fairness and Punishment. Science, 327, 1480-1484. [Article PDF] [Supplemental Materials] [Science Perspective by Karla Hoff] [Audio File]

  35. Richerson, P. J., Boyd, R., & J. Henrich (2010) Gene-culture Coevolution in the Age of Genomics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107, 8985-8992 [PDF]
  1. Henrich, J. (2009) The evolution of costly displays, cooperation, and religion: Credibility enhancing displays and their implications for cultural evolution. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 30, 244-260 [PDF]
  1. Brosnan, S. F., Silk, J. B., Henrich, J., Mareno, M.C., Lambeth, S.P, and S. J. Schapiro (2009) Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) do not develop contingent reciprocity in an experimental task. Animal Cognition, 12, 317-33. [PDF]

  2. Henrich, J., and R. Boyd (2008) Division of Labor, Economic Specialization and the Evolution of Social Stratification.Current Anthropology, 49(4), (715-724). [PDF]

  3. Gintis, Herbert, Henrich, J., Bowles, S., Boyd, R. & E. Fehr (2008) Strong reciprocity and the roots of human morality. Social Justice Research, 21(2): 241-253.

  4. O'Gorman, Rick, Henrich, J., and M. Van Vugt (2008) Constraining free riding in public goods games: designated solitary punishers can sustain human cooperation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. [PDF]

  5. Marlowe, F.W.,Berbesque, J. C., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J.C., Ensminger, J., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, J., Henrich, N, Lesorogol, C., McElreath, R., & D. Tracer (2008) More 'altruistic' punishment in larger societies. Proceedings of the Royal Academy, 275, 587-590. [PDF]

  6. Henrich, J., Boyd, R. and P. Richerson (2008) Five Misunderstandings about Cultural Evolution. Human Nature. [PDF]

  7. Heine, S., Takemoto, T., Moskalenko, S., Lasaleta, J., and J. Henrich (2008) Mirrors in the head: Cultural variation in objective self-awareness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 879-887. [PDF]

  8. Vonk, J., Sarah, Brosnan, S.F., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., Richardson, A., Lambeth, S.P., Schapiro, S.J., & D. J. Povinelli (2008) Chimpanzees do not take advantage of very low cost opportunities to deliver food to unrelated group members. Animal Behavior, 75, 1757-1770. [PDF]

  9. Henrich, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Ensimger, J., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J.C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., & J. Ziker (2006) Costly Punishment Across Human Societies. Science, 312: 1767- 1770. [Article PDF] [Supplemental Materials] [News and Views in Science].

  10. Henrich, J. and N. Henrich (2006) Culture, Evolution and the Puzzle of Human Cooperation. Cognitive Systems Research, 7 (221-245). [PDF]

  11. Henrich, J. (2006) Understanding Cultural Evolutionary Models: A Reply to Read's Critique. American Antiquity. [PDF]

  12. McCauley, R. and J. Henrich (2006) Susceptibility to the Muller-Lyer Illusion, Theory-Neutral Observation, and the Diachronic Penetrability of the Visual Input System. Philosophical Psychology, 19(1):1-23. [PDF]

  13. Hrushka, D. and J. Henrich (2006) Friendship, cliquishness, and the emergence of cooperation. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 239(1): 1-15. [PDF]

  14. Silk, J.B., Brosnan, S.F., Vonk, J., Henrich, J., Povinelli, D.J., Richardson, A.S., Lambeth, S.P., Mascaro, J., & S. J. Shapiro (2005) Chimpanzees are indifferent to the welfare of unrelated group members. Nature, 437: 1357- 1359. [PDF]

  15. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles,S., Gintis,H., Fehr, E., Camerer, C., McElreath, R., Gurven, M., Hill, K., Barr, A. , Ensminger, J., Tracer, D., Marlow, F., Patton, J., Alvard, M., Gil-White F., and N. Henrich (2005) ‘Economic Man’ in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Ethnography and Experiments from 15 small-scale societies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 795-855. [PDF with Target, Commentaries and Reply]

  16. Henrich, J. (2004) Demography and Cultural Evolution: Why adaptive cultural processes produced maladaptive losses in Tasmania. American Antiquity, 69 (2): 197-21. [PDF]

  17. Henrich, J. (2004) Cultural Group Selection, Coevolutionary Processes and Large-scale Cooperation. At target article in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 53: 3-35 and 127-143. [PDF] [Complete with Commentaries and Reply].

  18. Henrich, J. and R. McElreath (2003) The Evolution of Cultural Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology, 12 (3): 123-135. [PDF]

  19. Henrich, J. & R. Boyd (2002) On Modeling Cognition and Culture: Why replicators are not necessary for cultural evolution. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2(2): 87-112. [PDF]

  20. Henrich, J. & R. McElreath (2002) Are Peasants Risk Averse Decision-Makers. Current Anthropology. 43(1): 172-181. [PDF] (Internet Enhancements)

  21. Henrich, J. (2001) Cultural Transmission and the Diffusion of Innovations: Adoption dynamics indicate that biased cultural transmission is the predominate force in behavioral change and much of sociocultural evolution. American Anthropologist, 103: 992-1013. [PDF]

  22. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Gintis, H., McElreath, R., and E. Fehr (2001) In search of Homo economicus: Experiments in 15 Small-Scale Societies. American Economic Review, 91(2), 73-79. [PDF]

  23. Henrich, J., and R. Boyd (2001) Why people punish defectors: conformist transmission stabilizes costly enforcement of norms in cooperative dilemmas. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 208, 79-89. [PDF]

  24. Henrich, J.& F. Gil-White (2001) The Evolution of Prestige: freely conferred status as a mechanism for enhancing the benefits of cultural transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 22, 1-32. [PDF]

  25. Henrich, J. (2000) Does culture matter in economic behavior? Ultimatum game bargaining among the Machiguenga. American Economic Review, 90(4): 973-979 [PDF] (or, get the uncut version)

  26. Henrich, J. and R. Boyd (1998) The evolution of conformist transmission and between-group differences. Evolution and Human Behavior, 19: 215-242. [PDF]

  27. Henrich, J. (1997) Market Incorporation, Agricultural Change and Sustainability among the Machiguenga Indians of the Peruvian Amazon. Human Ecology, 25(2): 319-351. [PDF]

Book Chapters

  1. Henrich, J. and N. Henrich (2014) Fairness without Punishment: Behavioral Experiments in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji. In Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Edited by J. Ensminger and J. Henrich. PDF 

  2. Boyd, R., Richerson, P. J., & J. Henrich (2013) The cultural evolution of technology: Facts and theories. In Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language and Religion. Edited by P. J. Richerson and M. H. Christiansen. MIT Press. PDF (Link to Book

  3. Slingerland, E., Henrich, J., & A. Norenzayan (2013) The evolution of prosocial religions. In Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language and Religion. Edited by P. J. Richerson and M. H. Christiansen. MIT Press.PDF(Link to Book)

  4. Norenzayan, A., Henrich, J, & E. Slingerland (2013) Religious Prosociality: A Synthesis. In Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language and Religion. Edited by P. J. Richerson and M. H. Christiansen. MIT Press.PDF(Link to Book)

  5. Henrich, J. (2009) The Evolution of Innovation-Enhancing Institutions. In Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology. Altenberg Workshops in Theoretical Biology Edited by Stephen Shennan and Michael O’Brien.[PDF]

  6. Shariff, A.F., Norenzayan, A. and J. Henrich (2009) The Birth of High Gods: How the cultural evolution of supernatural policing agents influenced the emergence of complex, cooperative human societies, paving the way for civilization. In Evolution, culture and the human mind, edited by M. Schaller, A. Norenzayan, S. Heine, T. Yamagishi, & T. Kameda. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

  7. Henrich, J. (2008) A Cultural Species. In Explaining Culture Scientifically, edited by Melissa Brown. University of Washington Press.

  8. Henrich, J. (2008) A Cultural Species. In Explaining Culture Scientifically, edited by Melissa Brown. University of Washington Press. [PDF] for longer (better) version click here

  9. Henrich, J. and R. McElreath (2007) Dual Inheritance Theory: The Evolution of Human Cultural Capacities and Cultural Evolution. In Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, edited by Robin Dunbar and Louise Barrett. Oxford University Press. [PDF]

  10. McElreath, R. and J. Henrich (2007) Modeling Cultural Evolution. In Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, edited by Robin Dunbar and Louise Barrett. Oxford University Press. [PDF]

  11. Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H., and R. McEleath (2004) Introduction and Guide to the Volume. In Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies, edited by Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Gintis, H., Fehr, E., and Camerer, C. Oxford University Press

  12. Henrich, Joseph, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, Herbert Gintis and Richard McEleath (2004) Overview and Synthesis. In Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies, edited by Henrich, J., R. Boyd, S. Bowles, H. Gintis, E. Fehr and C. Camerer. Oxford University Press.

  13. Henrich, J., & N. Smith (2004) Comparative experimental evidence from Machiguenga, Mapuche, Huinca & American populations shows substantial variation among social groups in bargaining and public goods behavior. In Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies, edited by Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Gintis, H., Fehr, E. and Camerer, C. Oxford University Press.

  14. Henrich, J., Young, P., Smith, E., Bowles, S., Richerson, P., Hopfensitz, A., Sigmund K., and F. Weissing (2003) The Culture and Genetic Origins of Human Cooperation. In Genetic and Culture Evolution of Cooperation edited by Peter Hammerstein. MIT Press.

  15. Richerson, P., Boyd R., and J. Henrich (2003) The Cultural Evolution of Cooperation. In Genetic and Culture Evolution of Cooperation edited by Peter Hammerstein. MIT Press. [PDF]

  16. Fehr, E. and J. Henrich (2003) Is Strong Reciprocity a Maladaptation. In Genetic and Culture Evolution of Cooperation edited by Peter Hammerstein. MIT Press. [PDF]

  17. Henrich, J. (2002) Decision-making, cultural transmission and adaptation in economic anthropology. In Theory in Economic Anthropology edited by Jean Ensminger. AltaMira Press, 251-295. [PDF]

  18. Henrich, J., Young, P., Boyd, R., McCabe, K., Albers, W., Ockenfels, A. Gigerenzer, G. (2001). “What is the Role of Culture in Bounded Rationality?” In Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox, edited by G. Gigerenzer and R. Selten. MIT Press. [PDF]
Edited Volume
  • Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Gintis, H., Fehr, E., Camerer, C., (editors) (2004) Foundations of Human Sociality: Ethnography and Experiments in 15 small-scale societies. Oxford University Press.
Books
  • Ensminger, J. and Henrich, J. (2014) Experimenting with Social Norms. Russell Sage Foundation Publications. [Book Chapters]

  • Henrich, N. and Henrich, J. (2007) Why Humans Cooperate: A cultural and evolutionary explanation. Oxford University Press.