Published Scholarly Articles

[ pdf | html ] R Bhui, M Chudek, J Henrich (2019) How exploitation launched human cooperation Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73 (6), 78

[ pdf | html ] M Muthukrishna, M Doebeli, M Chudek, J Henrich (2018) The Cultural Brain Hypothesis: How culture drives brain expansion, sociality, and life history PLoS computational biology 14 (11)

[ pdf | html ] M Chudek, R McNamara, S Birch, P Bloom, J Henrich (2017) Do minds switch bodies? Dualist interpretations across ages and societies Religion, Brain & Behavior 8(4)

[ pdf | html ] M Chudek, AS Baron, S Birch (2016) Unselective overimitators: The evolutionary implications of children's indiscriminate copying of successful and prestigious models Child development 87 (3), 782-794

[ pdf | html ] Henrich, J., Chudek, M., Boyd, R. (2015) The Big Man Mechanism: how prestige fosters cooperation and creates prosocial leaders Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 370(1683).

[ pdf | html ] Chudek, M., Cheung, B., Heine, S., (2015) U.S. Immigrants' Patterns of Acculturation are Sensitive to their Age, Language and Cultural Contact, but Show No Evidence of a Sensitive Window for Acculturation. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 15 (2-1), 174-190.

[ pdf | html ] Chudek, M. & Henrich, J. (2014) Tackling group-level traits by starting at the start. A commentary on Smaldino, P. The Cultural Evolution of Emergent Group-Level Traits, Behavioural and Brain Sciences 37 (3), pp.256-257.

[ pdf | html ] Chudek, M., Heller, S., Birch, S., Henrich, J. (2012) Prestige-biased cultural learning: bystander's differential attention to potential models influences children's learning Evolution and Human Behaviour 33(1), pp.46-56

Note, this paper was awarded the Margo Wilson Award by the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society.

[ pdf | html ] Slingerland, E. & Chudek, M., (2012) The Challenges of Qualitatively Coding Ancient Texts Cognitive Science, 36(2), pp.183-186

[ pdf | html ] Henrich, J. & Chudek, M. (2012) Understand the Research Program; commentary on Guala, F., Reciprocity: Weak or strong? What punishment experiments do (and do not) demonstrate Brain and Behavioural Sciences 35 (1), pp.29-30

[ pdf | html ] Chudek, M. & Henrich, J. (2011) Culture-Gene Coevolution, Norm-Psychology and the Emergence of Human Prosociality Trends in Cognitive Science 15(5), 218-226

[ pdf | html ] Slingerland, E. & Chudek, M., (2011) The Prevalence of Mind–Body Dualism in Early China. Cognitive Science, 35(5)

[ pdf | html ] Cheung, B., Chudek, M., Heine, S. (2011) Evidence for a Sensitive Period for Acculturation: Younger Immigrants Report Acculturating at a Faster Rate Psychological Science 22(2)

Book Chapters

[ html ] M Chudek (2018) Norm Psychology The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology 1-5

[ pdf ] Chudek, M., Muthukrishna, M., Henrich, J., (2015) Cultural Evolution, chapter in Buss, M. The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (2nd ed.), John Wiley & Sons.

[ pdf ] Chudek, M., Zhao, W. & Henrich.,J. (2013) Culture-Gene Coevolution, Large-Scale Cooperation and the Shaping of Human Social Psychology. In K. Sterelny, R. Joyce, B. Calcott, & B. Fraser, eds., Cooperation and its Evolution: Agents and Mechanisms MIT Press

[ pdf ] Chudek, M., Brosseau-Liard, S., Birch, S., Henrich, J. (2013) Culture-gene coevolutionary theory and children’s selective social learning. in Banaji, B. & Gelman S. Navigating the Social World: What infants, children, and other species can teach us, Oxford University Press


If you're really enthusiastic, you can also read my Master's Thesis or my PhD dissertation.

You might also enjoy the poem I convinced them to read during my graduation ceremony, instead of the usual dry, prosaic bio. Keep in mind, I was limited to 350 characters.

  Human culture's a biological mystery
  no other beast has such a history;
  mutating faster than mere genes can
  by knowledge shared freely, 'tween woman and man.

  Dr. Chudek asks how this queer cascade started
  our phenome outpacing what our genome charted.
  He says: reputational exploitation's the key
  to beating evil teachers and setting culture free.