Welcome to the Centre for Anthropology and Mind  (CAM), a research group at the University of Oxford, directed by Professor Harvey Whitehouse. Researchers at CAM study cognition and culture within a broadly evolutionary framework.

First established in 2006, CAM now comprises two major research clusters: AnthroLab—coordinated by experimental psychologist Jonathan Jong—focusing on the proximate mechanisms responsible for building ingroup cohesion and inter-group competition; and the Cultural Evolution Lab—coordinated by historian Pieter François—focusing on the evolution of social complexity using cross-cultural and longitudinal datasets.


What can the reaction to the death of Cecil the lion tell us about human co-operation?

Early Civilization and Belief

Religion Past and Present (part of a panel at the Integrative Science Symposium)

New Atheism, Ritual, and Identity Fusion: A Walk in the Park With Harvey Whitehouse