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Leda Cosmides

American psychologist


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Leda Cosmides currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. She also co-founded and co-directs the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology. Cosmides completed both her undergraduate studies in biology and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Harvard University by 1985.

Best known for playing an integral role in the development of evolutionary psychology, Cosmides has often worked in collaboration with her husband John Tooby, an anthropologist. In thier book, The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture, edited along with Jerome H. Barkow, the fields of evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology are merged in an attempt to further explore evolutionary history. Cosmides’ work attempts to empirically look at and draw conclusions from how human biology and evolutions from our earliest states continue to influence our psychological, social, and cultural states today.

For her work, Cosmides has received awards and honors such as the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

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Leda Cosmides is an American psychologist, who, together with anthropologist husband John Tooby, helped develop the field of evolutionary psychology.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Radcliffe College

Former women's college in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara

Public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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