Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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QUE 3.15
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About me

I’m an Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics. My other affiliations include Research Associate of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Affiliate of the Yale Applied Cooperation Team, Affiliate of the Developmental Economics Group at STICERD, and Technical Director of The Database of Religious History.

My research focuses on the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is transmitted, maintained, and modified. I use a two-pronged methodological approach in my research, combining mathematical and computational modeling (evolutionary models, social network analysis, etc.), and experimental psychology and experimental economics. I am interested in better understanding the dynamic relationship between “cultures” and individuals, where cultures emerge from the interactions of individuals over time, who are in turn shaped by the emergent cultures they constitute.

I am particularly interested in the application of research in cultural evolution to public policy.

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Expertise

Assimilation; behavioural sciences; corruption; cross-cultural psychology; cultural and social change; data science; democracy; economic psychology; entrepreneurship; human evolution; innovation; intelligence; multiculturalism; cultural evolution

My research