Dr. Joe Henrich speaks on the Cultural Brain Hypothesis

05/06/11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Location: Marvin Center 307

Dr. Joe Henrich, Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, speaks on "The Cultural Brain Hypothesis." Unlike other species, humans are entirely dependent on large bodies of culturally-transmitted information that accumulates over generations in ways that build complex non-genetic adaptations to environmental challenges. Henrich argues that our species' reliance on this system of inheritance has driven the expansion of human brains while shaping our cognitive abilities, manual dexterity, status psychology, gut size, and social inclinations. Sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, the Mind-Brain Institute, the Departments of Psychology and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and the Undergraduate Philosophy Club.