Department of Psychology
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
warneken (at) wjh (dot) harvard (dot) edu
PhD, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Leipzig, 2007.
Diplompsychologe (Master’s), Freie Universität Berlin, 2003.
John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 2014 – Present.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 2013 – 2014.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 2009 – 2013.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 2007 – 2009.
2015 Boyd McCandless Award, American Psychological Association
2014 – 2015 Joy Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
2013 – 2018 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions to Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, Link to Observer Article
2013 Award for Early Career Research Contributions to Child Development, Society for Research in Child Development
2011 Early Career Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development
2009 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Society for Research in Child Development
2008 Post Doc Award, International Society on Infant Studies
2007 Society for Research in Child Development Student Travel Award
2006 Novartis Foundation Fellowship
2006 Student Bursary, British Psychological Society
1999 – 2000 Graduate Exchange Student Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Publications by Category
- Selected Publications
- Cooperation in Children
- Fairness in Children
- Social Norms in Children
- Social Robotics
- Theory and Reviews
- Book Chapters
- Commentary and Book Reviews
Videos of Talks
Warneken, F. (2016). Insights into the biological foundation of human altruistic sentiments. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 51-56.
Blake, P. R., McAuliffe, K., Callaghan, T., Corbit, J., Barry, O., Bowie, A., Greaves, R., Kleutsch, L., Kramer, K., Ross, E., Vongsachang, H., Wrangham, R., & Warneken, F. (2015). The ontogeny of fairness in seven societies. Nature, 528, 258-261.
McAuliffe, K., Jordan, J., & Warneken, F. (2015). Costly third-party punishment in young children. Cognition, 134, 1-10.
Warneken, F. (2015). Precocious prosociality – why do young children help? Child Development Perspectives, 9(1), 1-6.
Blake, P. R., McAuliffe, K., & Warneken, F. (2014). The developmental origins of fairness: The knowledge-behavior gap. Trends in Cognitive Science, 18(11), 559-561.
Jordan, J., McAuliffe, K., & Warneken, F. (2014). Development of in-group favoritism in children’s third-party punishment of selfishness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(35), 12710-12715.
McAuliffe, K., Blake, P. R., & Warneken, F. (2014). Children reject inequity out of spite. Biology Letters, 10(12), 20140743.
Warneken, F. (2013a). Young children proactively remedy unnoticed accidents. Cognition, 126(1), 101-108. Supplemental online videos
Hamann, K., Warneken, F., Greenberg, J. A., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Collaboration encourages equal sharing in children, but not in chimpanzees. Nature, 476(7360), 328-331.
Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Altruistic helping in human infants and young chimpanzees. Science, 311, 1301-1303. Supplemental online videos
“The developmental origins of human cooperation.” National Science Foundation CAREER Award. (2013-2018)
“Prospection and the Origins of Prosociality.” Templeton Science of Prospection Award. (2014-2016)
“Understanding the cognitive underpinnings and developmental consequences of prospection during early childhood.” Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award, Harvard University. Co-PI with Dr. Meredith Rowe (2015-2016)
“A public goods game for children.” Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award, Harvard University. Co-PI with Dr. Dustin Tingley (2013)
Harvard Academy Junior Faculty Development Grant. Principal Investigator (2012)
“The development of strategic cooperation: a prisoner’s dilemma for children.” Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award, Harvard University. Co-PI with Dr. Martin Nowak (2012)
“Evo-devo of human behavior seminar series.” Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award, Harvard University. Co-PI with Dr. Martin Nowak & Dr. Richard Wrangham (2011)
“An integrated developmental and evolutionary approach to human cooperation.” Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award, Harvard University. Co-PI with Dr. Martin Nowak (2011)
“The Development of Prosocial Behavior.” Science of Generosity Initiative, University of Notre Dame & John Templeton Foundation. Principal Investigator (2010-2012) http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/