Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Associate Professor of Economic Psychology

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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Key Expertise
Psychology, Cross-cultural psychology, Economic psychology

About me

Michael Muthukrishna is Associate Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics. He is also Affiliate of the Developmental Economics Group at STICERD, Affiliate of the LSE Data Science Institute, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Boundaries, Membership and Belonging  programme at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Technical Director of The Database of Religious History. He is also a board member of the One Pencil Project.

Prof Muthukrishna's research focuses on answering three broad questions: (1) Why are humans so different to other animals? (2) What are the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and social change, and how is information transmitted, maintained, and modified? (3) How can the answers to these questions be used to tackle some of the challenges we face as a species? He uses a two-pronged methodological approach to answer these questions, combining mathematical and computational modelling (evolutionary models, social network models, etc.), and experimental and data science methods from psychology and economics. He uses the “Theory of Human Behavior” that emerges from this approach to tackle a variety of related topics, including innovationcorruption, the rise of large-scale cooperation, and the navigation of cross-cultural differences.

He is the author of "A Theory of Everyone: Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going"  and founder of LSE Culturalytik.

He is particularly interested in the application of research in cultural evolution to public policy.

Recent Awards

HBES Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)

HBES Rising Star Award, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)

APS Rising Star, Association of Psychological Science

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Inaugural Grand Challenges for Human Flourishing Awardee, Templeton World Charity Foundation

SAGE Emerging Scholar Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Expertise Details

Assimilation; behavioural sciences; corruption; cross-cultural psychology; cultural and social change; data science; democracy; economic psychology; entrepreneurship; human evolution; innovation; intelligence; multiculturalism; cultural evolution