Research topic: The genetic and cultural evolution of higher cognitive functions in humans, in particular language and normativity.
Research methods: Analysis of concepts and tools used in studying evolutionary dynamics (e.g., coevolution, drift, levels of selection, social learning, genetic assimilation, collective phenomena, cultural evolution), computational and mathematical modeling, behavioral tests. History and philosophy of mind, language and society. Deep collaboration between experimentalists and theoreticians.
Projects in the lab include:
- Using evidence from child development in understanding the coevolution of language and social behavior.
- What does it mean to be “more normative” than someone else?
- Evolutionary implications of genetic and neurobiological bases of norms and related pathologies (autism, psychopathy).
- Evolution of social institutions.