I’m Associate Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics. My other affiliations include:
– Affiliate of the Developmental Economics Group at STICERD
– Affiliate of the Data Science Institute
– Azrieli Global Scholar at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
– Technical Director of The Database of Religious History
– Board member of the One Pencil Project
My research focuses on answering three broad questions: (1) Why are humans so different to other animals? (2) What are the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and social change, and how is information transmitted, maintained, and modified? (3) How can the answers to these questions be used to tackle some of the challenges we face as a species? I use a two-pronged methodological approach to answer these questions, combining mathematical and computational modeling (evolutionary models, social network models, etc.), and experimental and data science methods from psychology and economics. I use the “Theory of Human Behavior” that emerges from this approach to tackle a variety of related topics, including innovation, corruption, the rise of large-scale cooperation, and the navigation of cross-cultural differences.
I am particularly interested in the application of research in cultural evolution to public policy.
More details on my research program can be found here. I typically have more projects than person-hours; if you’re interested in collaborating on problems in cultural evolution, feel free to get in touch. More information about joining the lab as a postdoc, PhD student, or RA can be found in the Team Member→Join Us menu above.
My CV is available here. Details about my forthcoming book will be added soon! But you can keep up and receive updates about it and my research by signing up to my substack: https://muthukrishnalab.substack.com/
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