Research

 

My research focuses on the evolution of specialized cognitive capacities.

 

In my empirical work I examine children’s and adults’ understanding of the biological world, specifically, predators, prey, and other animate agents.

 

My theoretical work seeks to develop more precise and realistic models of how domain-specific capacities evolve, how they function in information-processing terms, and how they develop during the lifespan.

 

For a copy of my CV, click here.

 

 

Selected papers available for download in PDF format:

 

Barrett, H. C. (in press). 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.

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

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Machery, E., and Barrett, H. C. (in press). Debunking Adapting Minds. Philosophy of Science.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Supplementary materials

 

 

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

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Barrett, H. C. (in press). Modularity and design reincarnation. In Carruthers, P., Laurence, S., & Stich, S. (Eds.), The innate mind: Culture and cognition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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