barrett

Clark Barrett

Associate Professor

UCLA Department of Anthropology

376 Haines Hall, Box 951553

Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1553

310-267-4260

barrett [at] anthro.ucla.edu

 

 

 

My research takes an evolutionary psychological approach to understanding cognitive development by using parallel cross-cultural studies, primarily in the U.S. and among the Shuar of Ecuador, to test hypotheses about the design features of evolved psychological mechanisms. My recent research focuses on mechanisms that leverage features of social and natural environments to shape developmental outcomes. I am currently coordinator of anthropological research for the AHRC Culture and the Mind Project, in which we’re conducting parallel cross-cultural experiments on folk psychology, moral psychology, and the psychological mechanisms underlying artifacts and material culture. I am also a former director and faculty affiliate of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, and a member of the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture.

 

 

 

 

Selected papers

 

 

 

 

 

Information for prospective PhD students and postdocs

 

Research opportunities among the Shuar of Ecuador

 

CV

 

Classes

 

AHRC Culture and the Mind Project

 

 

Barrett, H.C., & Kurzban, R. (2012). What are the functions of System 2 modules? A reply to Chiappe and Gardner. Theory and Psychology, 22, 683-688.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Kurzban, R., & Barrett, H.C. (2012). Origins of cumulative culture. Science, 335, 1056.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H.C. (2012). A hierarchical model of the evolution of human brain specializations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 10733–10740.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H.C., & Broesch, J. (2012). Prepared social learning about dangerous animals in children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 499-508.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C., Stich, S., & Laurence, S. (2012). Should the study of Homo sapiens be part of cognitive science? Topics in Cognitive Science, 4, 379–386.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett. H. C. (2011). The wrong kind of wrong: a review of What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 76-78.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Cosmides, L., Barrett, H. C., & Tooby, J. (2010). Adaptive specializations, social exchange, and the evolution of human intelligence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 9007-9014.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Henrich, J., Ensminger, J.,  McElreath, R., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., and Ziker, J. (2010). Response - Evolution of fairness. Science, 329, 389-390. (Reply to commentaries by Baumard et al. and Delton et al.)

PDF (commentaries and reply)

 

 

 

 

Hagen, E. H., and Barrett, H. C. (2009). Cooperative breeding and adolescent siblings: Evidence for the ecological constraints model? Current Anthropology, 50, 727-737.

PDF

 

 

 

Wilke, A., and Barrett, H. C. (2009). The hot hand phenomenon as a cognitive adaptation to clumped resources. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30, 161-169.

PDF

supplementary materials

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2009). Where there is an adaptation, there is a domain: The form-function fit in information processing.  In Platek, S.M. & Shackelford, T.K. (eds.). Foundations in evolutionary cognitive neuroscience (pp. 97-116). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

PDF

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C., Frankenhuis, W., & Wilke, A. (2008). Adaptation to moving targets: Culture / gene coevolution, not either / or. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 511-512.

PDF

 

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2008). Evolved cognitive mechanisms and human behavior. In Crawford, C. & Krebs, D. (eds.) Foundations of evolutionary psychology: Ideas, issues, applications and findings. (2nd  Ed.) Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2007). Development as the target of evolution: A computational approach to developmental systems. In: Gangestad, S., and Simpson, J., eds.  The Evolution of Mind: Fundamental Questions and Controversies. (pp. 186-192). New York: Guilford.

PDF

 

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2007). Modules in the flesh. In: Gangestad, S., and Simpson, J., eds.  The Evolution of Mind: Fundamental Questions and Controversies. (pp. 161-170). New York: Guilford.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2007). The hominid entry into the cognitive niche. In: Gangestad, S., and Simpson, J., eds.  The Evolution of Mind: Fundamental Questions and Controversies. (pp. 241-248). New York: Guilford.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Bryant, G. A., & Barrett, H. C. (2007). Recognizing intentions in infant-directed speech: Evidence for universals.  Psychological Science, 18, 746-751.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Machery, E., and Barrett, H. C. (2006). Debunking Adapting Minds. Philosophy of Science, 73, 232-246.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Hagen, E., and Barrett, H. C. (2007). Perinatal sadness among Shuar women: Support for an evolutionary theory of psychic pain. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 21, 22-40.

PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C., and Kurzban, R. (2006). Modularity in cognition: Framing the debate. Psychological Review, 113, 628-647.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C., Frederick, D., Haselton, M., & Kurzban, R. (2006). Can manipulations of cognitive load be used to test evolutionary hypotheses? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 513-518.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Henrich, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Ensminger, J., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., and Ziker, J. (2006). Costly punishment across human societies. Science, 312, 1767-1770.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2005). Enzymatic computation and cognitive modularity. Mind and Language, 20, 259-287.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. & Behne, T. (2005). Children’s understanding of death as the cessation of agency: A test using sleep versus death. Cognition, 96, 93-108.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H.C., Todd, P.M., Miller, G.F., and Blythe, P. (2005). Accurate judgments of intention from motion alone: A cross-cultural study. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26, 313-331.

PDF

Supplementary materials

 

 

 

 

German, T., & Barrett, H.C. (2005). Functional fixedness in a technologically sparse culture. Psychological Science, 16, 1-5.

PDF

 

 

 

 

Barrett, H. C. (2006). Modularity and design reincarnation. In Carruthers, P., Laurence, S., & Stich, S. (Eds.), The innate mind: Culture and cognition. (pp. 199-217). New York: Oxford University Press.

PDF