Douglas Kenrick

Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

Douglas T. Kenrick is professor of social psychology at Arizona State University. He is the author of over 180 scientific articles, books, and book chapters, on topics ranging from everyday homicidal fantasies to the links between sex, religion, conspicuous consumption, and self-actualization. At a theoretical level, this work attempts to integrate three great syntheses of the last few decades: evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and dynamical systems theory. Kenrick has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality & Social Psychology, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science. He has edited several books on evolutionary psychology, and authored the textbook “Social Psychology: Goals in Interaction” with Steven Neuberg and Robert Cialdini. His latest book is: “Sex, Murder,and the Meaning of Life: A psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature.” Kenrick maintains a Psychology Today blog titled: Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life. His work has been covered invarious outlets, including New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Fortune.

Kenrick is a Big Think Delphi Fellow. 

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