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Louise Barrett

Anthropologist

Louise Barrett was trained in both ecology and anthropology and is currently Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Cognition, Evolution & Behaviour at the University of Lethbridge. She ran a long-term project on baboons in South Africa for twelve years, and currently co-directs the Samara Vervet Monkey Project in South Africa. Her research programme centres on the issue of how ecology shapes patterns of sociality and cognitive evolution, and includes work on thermal physiology and responses to climate change, parental investment strategies, cooperation, sexual conflict, movement ecology, and infant development. She is also interested in how culture and biology intersect to influence human behaviour, and runs projects on female reproductive decision-making in Independent Samoa and the Canadian North. She is the author of Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds (Princeton University Press).

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