Robert Kurzban

Robert Kurzban is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Psychology Department. He received his PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara at the Center for Evolutionary Psychology in 1998, and received postdoctoral training at Caltech in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, UCLA Anthropology, and the University of Arizona’s Economic Science Laboratory with Vernon Smith. In 2003, he founded the Penn Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology. He has published dozens of journal articles on a wide array of topics, including morality, cooperation, friendship, mate choice, supernatural beliefs, modularity, self-control, and other topics. In 2008, he won the inaugural Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). He is the Editor-in-Chief of HBES’ flagship journal, Evolution and Human Behavior. His first book, Why Everyone (Else) Is A Hypocrite was published in 2011, and his most recent book, The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind, is now available.


Recent Posts

December 4, 2015 in Mind

Willpower Failure: An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is a time when many Americans experience a somewhat catastrophic failure of willpower. With vast volumes of tasty food set before us, we often fail to resist temptation, eating…
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January 1, 2015 in Biology

Why Global Problems Require Evolutionary Solutions

A new paper in Science represents one of the best recent accounts of why thinking about evolutionary biology is a lot more than an academic enterprise, but actually matters for…
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December 28, 2014 in Mind

Pioneers Of Evolution: Leda Cosmides

A special series of interviews with the pioneering figures in evolutionary science.
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