Nicolas Baumard

I am a research scientist at the CNRS and an associate professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, working in the Evolution and Social Cognition team, at the Institut Jean-Nicod, in the Department of Cognitive Sciences.

I am interested in using evolutionary and psychological approaches in the social sciences, in particular in economics and history.

More specifically, I use:

- Reciprocity theory (in particular partner choice) to explain why moral judgments and cooperative behaviors are based on considerations of fairness;

- Life-history theory to explain behavioral variability across culture, history, social classes and developmental stages;

- all of the above to explain why some public policies naturally work better

All my publications are indexed on Google Scholar.