CV & Biography
All Souls College










Cecilia Heyes, FBA


Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences
All Souls College, University of Oxford

Fellow of the British Academy

President-elect of the Experimental Psychology Society

Address:  All Souls College, Oxford, OX1 4AL

Phone:     +44 (0)1865 279394

Email:      cecilia.heyes@all-souls.ox.ac.uk

photography by Robert Taylor


My work concerns the evolution of cognition. It explores the ways in which natural selection, learning, developmental and cultural processes combine to produce the mature cognitive abilities found in adult humans. I am especially interested in social cognition. Most of my current projects examine the possibility that the neurocognitive mechanisms enabling cultural inheritance - social learning, imitation, mirror neurons, mind reading etc - are themselves products of cultural evolution.

Book to be published by Harvard University Press in Spring 2018



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