How evolved psychological mechanisms empower cultural group selection

Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd

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Driven by intergroup competition social norms beliefs and practices can evolve in ways that more effectively tap into a wide variety of evolved psychological mechanisms to foster group-beneficial behavior. The more powerful such evolved mechanisms are the more effectively culture can potentially harness and manipulate them to generate greater phenotypic variation across groups thereby fueling cultural group selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e40
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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