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Alan Page Fiske


Professor


Contact Information

Email    afiske@ucla.edu
Office  308 Haines
Phone  310-206-7719
I am a psychological anthropologist studying how natural selection, neurobiology, ontogeny, psychology, and culture jointly shape human sociality.

My research aims to understand what enables humans to coordinate in often cooperative, complex, culturally and historically varying systems of social relations. I study social and moral cognition, motives and emotion; relationship-constitutive actions, experiences, and communications; motivations for violence; interpretations of misfortune and death; and links between psychopathology and social relationships. Much of my research explores how social relationships are interconnected in morally significant configurations where each relationship depends on the others. My methods integrate participant observation ethnography, broad ethnological and historical comparison, systematic sampling of behavior, and experimentation. But I am fundamentally a theorist, exploring the ontology and epistemology of social phenomena.

The framework for my work is relational models theory (RMT), an integrated and comprehensive theory of human sociality that I initially formulated.  RMT connects the evolved neurobiology and psychology of human social relationships to their developmentally discovered cultural implementations. At this point, RMT has been extensively tested, applied, or developed in articles, theses and books by over 275 social, cognitive, developmental, and clinical psychologists; anthropologists and archeologists; sociologists; neuroscientists; philosophers; religious study researchers and management scientists.  (RMT has also been cited in about 6000 other works.)  My research network continually connects scholars across the US, Canada, Norway, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, and Australia.

Skype: alanfiske

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1985)

Selected Publications

A. P. Fiske 1991. Structures of Social Life: The Four Elementary Forms of Human Relations. New York: Free Press (Macmillan). 

A.P. Fiske & N. Haslam 1996. Social Cognition Is Thinking About Relationships. Current 
Directions in Psychological Science. 5:143-148. 

A.P. Fiske & N. Haslam 1997. Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder of Pathology of the Human Disposition to Perform Socially Meaningful Rituals? Evidence of Similar Content. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 185:211-222. 

A.P. Fiske, S. Kitayama, H. Markus, & D. Nisbett 1997. The Cultural Matrix of Social Psychology. In Handbook of Social Psychology, 4th Ed. Gilber, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey, Eds. Pp. 915-981. New York: McGraw Hill. 

A. P. Fiske 2000. Complementarity Theory: Why Human Social Capacities Evolved to Require Cultural Complements. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4:76-94. 

M. Iacoboni, M. D. Lieberman, B. J. Knowlton, I. Molnar-Szakacs, M. Moritz, J. Throop, & A. P. Fiske 2004. Watching Social Interactions Produces Dorsomedial Prefrontal and Medial Parietal BOLD fMRI Signal Increases Compared to a Resting Baseline. NeuroImage 21:1167–1173. 

A. P. Fiske 2004. Four Modes of Constituting Relationships: Consubstantial Assimilation; Space, Magnitude, Time and Force; Concrete Procedures; Abstract Symbolism In N. Haslam, Ed., Relational Models Theory: A Contemporary Overview. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 

Tage Rai & A. P. Fiske 2011. Moral Psychology as Regulating Relationships: Moral Motives for Unity, Hierarchy, Equality, and Proportionality in Social-Relational Cognition. Psychological Review 118:57–75. DOI: 10.1037/a0021867 

Daniel Nettle, Karthik Panchanathan, Tage Rai, & A. P. Fiske 2011. The Evolution of Giving, Sharing, and Lotteries. Current Anthropology 52:747­–756. 

A. P. Fiske 2011. Metarelational Models: Configurations of Social Relationships. 
European Journal of Social Psychology 42:2–18. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.847.

A. P. Fiske & Tage Rai 2015. Virtuous Violence: Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships. Cambridge University Press.

 

Research

Psychological anthropology, social theory, social relationships, metarelational models, violence, methodology; Africa

Current Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Directed Research in Anthropology

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

Psychological Anthropology

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

2014 Spring Quarter

Field Methods

Selected Topics in Anthropology

Fundamental Forms of Social Relationships from Theory to Research Design

2014 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Spring Quarter

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Relational Models Theory and Research Design

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Directed Research in Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Spring Quarter

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Relational Models Theory and Research Design

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

2010 Winter Quarter

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

2009 Fall Quarter

Psychological Anthropology

2009 Spring Quarter

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2009 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

2008 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Psychological Anthropology

2008 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Psychological Anthropology

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

2006 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

2005 Fall Quarter

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Psychological Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Advanced Honors Seminars

Psychological Anthropology

2004 Fall Quarter

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

Psychological Anthropology

2004 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

2003 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

2003 Winter Quarter

Psychological Anthropology

2002 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

2002 Spring Quarter

Comparative Religion

Field Methods

2002 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Psychological Anthropology

2001 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2000 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

1998 Spring Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO M234Q
Psychological Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 157
Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 139
Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 135B
Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Current Topics and Research

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

HNRS 104
Fundamental Forms of Social Relationships from Theory to Research Design

2014 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 191HB
Field Methods

2014 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 136Q
Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 288
Relational Models Theory and Research Design

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 199
Directed Research in Anthropology

2012 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 137
Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2005 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 197HB
Field Methods

2002 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 156
Comparative Religion

2002 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 250
Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 135B

1998 Spring Quarter