Dr Emma Cohen

Emma Cohen

Associate Professor in Cognitive Anthropology

I am an anthropologist with interdisciplinary research interests in the evolution and psychology of bonding behaviour in humans. Using laboratory experiments and field methods, my current primary research explores psychological and physiological links between collective movement and exercise, social bonding, and cooperation and wellbeing.

For my lab website, see see The Social Body Lab

After completing my PhD in Anthropology (Queen’s University Belfast, 2005), I held post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Cognition and Culture (Queen’s), the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (Oxford), and the Research Group in Comparative Cognitive Anthropology (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands).

Email: emma.cohen@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: + 44 (0)1865 274704

  • Moralizing gods, impartiality and religious parochialism across 15 societies.

  • Consensus statement on placebo effects in sports and exercise: The need for conceptual clarity, methodological rigour, and the elucidation of neurobiological mechanisms.

  • 'Caution, this treatment is a placebo. It might work, but it might not': why emerging mechanistic evidence for placebo effects does not legitimise complementary and alternative medicines in sport.

  • The development of human social learning across seven societies.

  • The cognitive and cultural foundations of moral behavior

  • Religiosity and resource allocation in Marajó, Brazil

  • The evolution of religion and morality: a synthesis of ethnographic and experimental evidence from eight societies

  • Synchrony and social connection in immersive Virtual Reality.

  • The Effects of Social Support on Strenuous Physical Exercise.

  • Interpersonal movement synchrony facilitates pro-social behavior in children's peer-play.

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