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H. Clark Barrett


Professor


Contact Information

Email    barrett@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  376 Haines
Phone  310-267-4260
I study the evolution of cognition.

I am a biological anthropologist specializing in evolutionary psychology, the study of the mind’s evolved mechanisms and processes. In my work I use methods from anthropology and psychology to examine universals and variation in how thinking develops across cultures. I conduct field research among the Shuar, an indigenous culture in southeast Ecuador, as well as in Los Angeles. My research has focused on learning and conceptual development in several domains, including “theory of mind,” or the ability to make inferences about others’ thoughts and intentions, and learning about danger. I have also collaborated with a variety of anthropologists, psychologists, and other social scientists on a variety of topics ranging from infant-directed speech to the evolution of morality, and supervise graduate projects on the evolution of cognition.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara (1999)

Selected Publications

Hagen, E., and Barrett, H. C. (2007). Perinatal sadness among Shuar women: Support for an evolutionary theory of psychic pain. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 21, 22-40. 

Barrett, H. C. & Behne, T. (2005). Children’s understanding of death as the cessation of agency: A test using sleep versus death. Cognition, 96, 93-108. 

Barrett, H.C., Todd, P.M., Miller, G.F., and Blythe, P. (2005). Accurate judgments of intention from motion alone: A cross-cultural study. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26, 313-331. 

Barrett, H. C. (2004). Descent versus design in Shuar children’s reasoning about animals. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 4, 25-50.

Research

Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology, cognitive development, hunter-gatherer ecology; South America

Current Courses by Term

2014 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Directed Research in Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Selected Topics in Anthropology

Previous Courses by Term

2014 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2013 Spring Quarter

Evolutionary Psychology

2013 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

2012 Spring Quarter

Evolutionary Psychology

2012 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

2011 Spring Quarter

Evolutionary Psychology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2010 Spring Quarter

Evolutionary Psychology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2009 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Culture, Brain, and Development Forum

2009 Spring Quarter

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Culture, Brain, and Development Forum

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2009 Winter Quarter

Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

2008 Fall Quarter

Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

Culture, Brain, and Development Forum

2008 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Culture, Brain, and Development Forum

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2008 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2007 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2007 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2006 Spring Quarter

Biological Anthropology in Review

Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

2005 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

2004 Fall Quarter

Human Evolution

Honors Seminars

Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2004 Spring Quarter

Human Evolution

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2004 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2003 Fall Quarter

Biological Anthropology Colloquium

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2003 Spring Quarter

Human Evolution

2003 Winter Quarter

Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior

2002 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Winter Quarter

Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 124B
Evolutionary Psychology

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 222
Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 126
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 220
Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2012 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M293
Culture, Brain, and Development Forum

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 194
Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 120G
Biological Anthropology in Review

2006 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

2005 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 89
Honors Seminars

2004 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 7
Human Evolution

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 202
Biological Anthropology Colloquium

2003 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 124
Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 197K
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Spring Quarter