Louise Barrett

Professor of Psychology & Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Cognition, Evolution, and Behaviour

Louise Barrett’s research interests focus on how social life shapes how we think and act in the world, from an evolutionary perspective. She works on both human and non-human primates and, in collaboration with Professor Peter Henzi, she has conducted a long-term field study of baboons in the Western Cape of South Africa, and is currently conducting a similar long-term study of vervet monkeys in the Eastern Cape. She has published widely on topics ranging from cooperation, sexual conflict, maternal investment and life history in the primates, to social development in human children, to parental investment and attitudes to HIV-AIDS in South African women, and the evolution of cognition from an embodied, distributed perspective. She has co-authored three books on evolutionary approaches to human behaviour, and most recently published Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds (Princeton University Press, 2011).