I study what makes us human.
My first book, Speaking Our Minds, has been called “The most important and the best book ever written on the evolution of language”, and “The best linguistics book I’ve read in 10 years”. See here for details and more reviews.
I’m currently working on a second book, aimed at a broad, general audience, about the science of mind & culture. Or, in other words, on what minds are, and how they interact to generate & stabilise culture.
I’m based in the Social Mind Center and the Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University, Budapest. My work is truly interdisciplinary, sitting between & drawing on psychology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and evolutionary biology.
I’ve received several awards for my research, including the Outstanding Doctoral Research prize from the British Psychological Society, and the New Investigator Award from the European Human Behaviour & Evolution Association.
In my spare time I dance the lindy hop. Avidly.