Rhea M Howard
I am interested in the evolution and development of human cooperation and sociality. My work focuses on social inferences and interpersonal valuation—how we infer others’ values and social relationships from their actions, and how we decide who to cooperate with, who to sacrifice for, who to ignore, and who to punish. I investigate these abilities across developmental time-points, looking to infants, children, and adults to understand the trajectory of social decision-making and relationship building. Currently, I am a graduate student working with Professor Max Krasnow in the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and Professor Elizabeth Spelke in the Lab for Developmental Studies. Prior to joining the Harvard Department of Psychology in 2014, my undergraduate research at Union College primarily explored evolved cognitive biases in human mating psychology.
I am also a first-generation college student, and public school kid from a tiny town (well, technically a village) in western, MA. I am committed to mentoring students from all backgrounds, and currently act as the psychology concentration advisor for Adams House and Lowell House. Regardless of your house or if you have any Harvard affiliation, if you want to chat about psychological science, the good and bad of academia, applying to graduate school, or anything else (even my adorable cat), please feel free to be in touch.
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