PUBLICATIONS

Under Review or In Preparation

Muthukrishna, M., Chudek, M., & Henrich, J. (2017). The Cultural Brain Hypothesis: How culture drives brain expansion, underlies sociality, and alters life history. bioRxiv Working Paper. [Download]
Muthukrishna, M., Henrich, J., Toyakawa, W., Hamamura, T., Kameda, T., &  Heine, S. J. (2017). Overconfidence is Universal? Elicitation of Genuine Overconfidence (Ego) Method Reveals Systematic Differences Across Domain, Task Knowledge, and Incentives in Four Populations. SSRN Working Paper. [Download] [EGO Software]
Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (In preparation). The Evolution and Measurement of Overconfidence.
Muthukrishna, M. & Schaller, M. (In preparation). Dynamics of Human Social Networks.
Muthukrishna, M. & Schaller, M. (submitted). Cultural Dispositions, Social Networks, and the Dynamics of Social Influence: Implications for Public Opinion and Cultural Change. [Download]
Muthukrishna, M., Bell, A. V., Henrich, J., Curtin, C., Gedranovich, A., McInerney, J., & Thue, B. (in prep). A WEIRD Scale of Cultural Distance.
Xueheng, Li. & Muthukrishna, M. (In prep). Economic Growth and the Evolution of Evil Eye and Witch Hunts
Stimmler, D. & Muthukrishna, M. (In prep). When Cooperation Promotes Corruption and Undermines Democracy.

Journal Articles

Fox, K. C. R., Muthukrishna, M., & Shultz, S. (2017). The social and cultural roots of whale and dolphin brains. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1699–1705. [equal first author] [Download] [Summary Post]
Muthukrishna, M., Francois, P., Pourahmadi, S., & Henrich, J. (2017). Corrupting Cooperation and How Anti-Corruption Strategies May Backfire. Nature Human Behaviour, 1(0138). [Download] [Summary Post]
Sullivan, B., Muthukrishna, M., Tappenden, F. S., & Slingerland, E. (forthcoming) Exploring the Challenges and Potentialities of the Database of Religious History for Cognitive Historiography. Journal of Cognitive Historiography.
Henrich, J., Boyd, M., Derex, M., Kline, M. A., Mesoudi, A., Muthukrishna, M., Powell, A., Shennan, S. J., Thomas, M. G. (2016) Understanding Cumulative Cultural Evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, E6724-E6725. [Download]
Vonder Haar, C., Lam, F. C. W., Adams, W. A., Riparip, L.-K., Kaur, S., Muthukrishna, M., Rosi, S., & Winstanley, C. A. (2016). Frontal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats Causes Long-Lasting Impairments in Impulse Control That Are Differentially Sensitive to Pharmacotherapeutics and Associated with Chronic Neuroinflammation. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 7, 1531-1542. [Download]
Shariff, A.F., Willard, A.K., Muthukrishna, M., Kramer, S.R., & Henrich, J. (2016) What is the association between religious affiliation and children’s altruism? Current Biology, 26, R699-R700. [Download]
Levine, J. S., Muthukrishna, M., Chan, K. M. A., & Satterfield, T. (2016). Sea otters and social justice: the demographic asymmetry of ecosystem services under a trophic cascade in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada. Conservation Biology, 31(2), 1523-1739. [Download]
Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (2016). Innovation in the Collective Brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1690).  [Telegraph] [Scientific American] [Video] [Evonomics] [LSE Business Review] [Summary Post] [Download] [Data]
Muthukrishna, M., Morgan, T. J. H., & Henrich, J. (2015). The When and Who of Social Learning and Conformist Transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37(1), 10-20. [Radio Interview] [Other Media Coverage] [Summary Post] [Download]
Levine, J.,Muthukrishna, M., Chan, K., & Satterfield, T. (2015). Theories of the deep: Combining salience and network analyses to produce mental model visualizations of a coastal British Columbia foodweb. Ecology and Society, 20(4), 42. [Download]
Muthukrishna, M. & Schaller, M. (2014) Individual-Level Psychology and Group-Level Traits, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(3), 265-266. [Download]
Muthukrishna, M., Shulman, B. W., Vasilescu, V., & Henrich, J. (2013). Sociality influences cultural complexity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1774). [Nature News] [Radio Interview] [Other Media Coverage] [Download]
Sanderson, P., Thompson, C., Thompson, M., Watson, M., Muthukrishna, M., & Murphy, S. (accepted pending revisions). Auditory alarm effectiveness: Evaluation of alternative alarm sets with anesthesiologists. Anesthesia and Analgesia.
Thompson, C., Sanderson, P., Watson, M., Thompson, M., Muthukrishna, M., & Murphy, S. (2010). Testing auditory alarm effectiveness with three different alarms sets. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 38(4), 769-769. [Download]

Book Chapters

Chudek, M., Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (2015) Cultural Evolution. In Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, 2nd Edition. Edited by D. M. Buss. [Download]

Conference Talks

Muthukrishna, M. (2017). Economic Psychology and the Science of Cultural Evolution. Paper [Keynote] presented at Trusting and the Law Lorentz Center Workshop, Leiden, Netherlands, 16 – 20 January.
Muthukrishna, M. (2016). Innovation in the Collective Brain: The Transmission and Evolution of Norms and Culture. Paper presented at Cultural Transmission and Social Norms Workshop, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 15 – 17 December.
Muthukrishna, M. (2016). The Cultural Brain Hypothesis & Information Grandmother Hypothesis: How culture drives brain expansion and alters life history. Paper presented at Joint Meeting of GDR multi-organismes – Longévité et vieillissements and GDRI- PhyGHA – Physiology and Genetics of Healthy Aging, Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France, 27 – 28 October.
Muthukrishna, M. (2016). The Paradox of Diversity, Migration, and Cultural Evolution in Europe. Paper presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI-UK) Symposium on “The Current Migration Crisis in Europe”, Cardiff, UK. 30 – 31 August.
Muthukrishna, M. (2016). Innovation in the Collective Brain. Paper presented at the Culture Conference, Birmingham, UK. 9 – 10 July.
Slingerland, E., Toleno, R., Muthukrishna, M., & Sullivan, B. (2016). The Database of Religious History: An Expert-Based Approach to Documenting the Religious Historical Record. Paper presented at the Religion, Ritual, Conflict, and Cooperation: Archaeological and Historical Approaches, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA. 29 – 30 April.
Muthukrishna, M. (2016). An Analysis of Big History Data: The Evolution of Religious Cognition and Behavior. Paper presented at the 17th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. 28-30 January. [Part of symposium on “Understanding Religions: Integrating Experimental, Ethnographic and Historical Approaches”, which I organized as Chair]
Muthukrishna, M. & Logan, C. (2015). Studying Religion in the Digital Age: Technical Challenges and Solutions in Constructing the Database of Religious History. Paper presented at the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, Germany. 23 – 29 August.
Muthukrishna, M., Chudek, M., & Henrich, J. (2014). Cultural Brain Hypothesis: Explaining the evolution of the brain and relationships between brain size, group size, cultural complexity, social learning, mating structures, and the juvenile period. Paper presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Natal, Brazil. 30 August – 2 July.
Sullivan, B., Tappenden, F.; Muthukrishna, M.; Logan, C., Slingerland, E. (2014). A Large Database Approach to Cultural History. Paper presented at Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. 7-12 July.
Muthukrishna, M. & Schaller, M. (2014). Generating scale-free small-world networks: a novel algorithm based on insights from psychology. Paper presented at the Dynamical Systems and Computational Modeling in Social Psychology Preconference of 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. 13-15 January.
Schaller, M. & Muthukrishna, M. (2014). The Behavioral Immune System and the Dynamics of Influence within Social Networks (with Implications for Cultural Evolution). Paper presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. 13-15 January.
Muthukrishna, M., Shulman, B. W., Vasilescu, V., & Henrich, J. (2013). Cumulative Culture in the Laboratory: you need more models, if the task is hard. Paper presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami Beach, FL. 17-20 July.

Conference Papers

Cole, B. & Muthukrishna, M. (2014). Nu-life: Spontaneous Dynamic Hierarchical Organization in a Non-uniform “Life-like” Cellular Automata. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (ACM SIGEVO). Vancouver: 12-16 July. [Download]
Wan, S., Paris, C., Muthukrishna, M., & Dale, R. (2009). Designing a Citation-Sensitive Research Tool: An Initial Study of Browsing-Specific Information Needs. Proceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Text and Citation Analysis for Scholarly Digital Libraries. Singapore: 6-7 August. [Download]

Conference Posters

Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (2013) Cumulative Culture in the Laboratory: More Models are Better if the Task is Hard. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. 17-19 January.
Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (2012) Brain-Culture Coevolution: Facilitating Factors in the Autocatalytic Evolution of Cultural Complexity and Brain Size. Poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, NM. 13-17 June.
Muthukrishna, M. & Henrich, J. (2012) Brain-Culture Coevolution: Explaining the Expansion of the Human Brain During the Pleistocene. Poster presented at the Evolutionary Preconference at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. 26-28 January.
Thompson, C., Sanderson, P., Watson, M., Thompson, M., Muthukrishna, M. & Murphy, S. (2010). Testing auditory alarm effectiveness with three different alarms sets. Poster presented at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (ANZCA ASM 2010), Christchurch, New Zealand. 12-16 May.

Theses

Muthukrishna, M. (2015). The Cultural Brain Hypothesis and the transmission and evolution of culture. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
[Awarded Canadian Psychological Society Excellence Award]
[Awarded CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation in Social Sciences – top social science dissertation in USA and Canada; Press Release | Summary Post]
Muthukrishna, M. (2012). What do we learn from whom? An ingroup bias for subjective information and its implications for culture. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Muthukrishna, M. (2010) Modeling a Smart Home: Prospective Evaluation of Smart Domestic Technologies. Unpublished Honours Thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia [Awarded First Class Honours]