Muthukrishna, Michael

Dr Michael Muthukrishna  


Position held

Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology


Non LSE positions held

Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Research Associate


Experience keywords:

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

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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, and experimental psychology and experimental economics. I use evolutionary theory and cultural evolution to help understand economic behavior, increase innovation, reduce corruption, reduce intergroup conflict, and more generally guide organizational and public policy.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Creative Industries and Culture; Energy; Environment; Healthcare; Information Technology; Law; Media Technology and New Media; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Telecommunications

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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+44 (0)20 7852 3612

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2016 John Templeton Foundation Grant for “The Database of Religious History: Data Science Approaches to Religious Cultural History” (PI; 1 year; USD215,050) 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest (1 award across Social Sciences in USA and Canada) 2016 PhD Dissertation Excellence Award, Canadian Psychological Association 2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Storytellers Challenge Winner, Government of Canada 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Government of Canada (Largest graduate fellowship in Canada; $150K)

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Asst Professor of Economic Psychology Research Associate, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

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