I am an evolutionary social scientist interested in how humans respond adaptively to culturally structured social worlds.
Two main foci of my research are:
1. Intergroup interactions and social cognition. Specifically, I examine humans’ psychological adaptations for processing ethnic social categories using cross-cultural and developmental research. My primary geographic focus has been among agro-pastoralists in the Peruvian Altiplano along the Quechua-Aymara linguistic border
2. Cross-cultural variation in social effects on reproduction. I examine why and how family members and religiosity affect fertility outcomes across space and time. I also work on why social learning processes influence reproductive decision-making so much and how this can give rise to puzzling phenomena such as the demographic transition, below replacement fertility, and cross-site variation in life history decisions.
I am also starting projects on the origins of ritual participation at a new pilgrimage site, and inter-site variation in collective action on vicuña hunts, both in the Peruvian Altiplano.
PhD Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
BA Anthropology & Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Co-instructor - Social Psychology
Newest selected publications
Moya, C., Cruz y Celis Peniche, P., Kline, MA. and Smaldino, PE. (2020) 'Dynamics of behavior change in the COVID world'. American Journal of Human Biology, 32 (5). pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 1042-0533 Open Access Link
Kline, MA., Gervais, MM., Moya, C. and Boyd, RT. (2019) 'Irrelevant-action imitation is short-term and contextual: Evidence from two under-studied populations'. Developmental Science, 23 (3). pp. e12903. ISSN: 1363-755X
Wertz, AE. and Moya, C. (2019) 'Pathways to cognitive design'. Behavioural Processes, 161. pp. 73 - 86. ISSN: 0376-6357
Lang, M., Purzycki, BG., Apicella, CL., Atkinson, QD., Bolyanatz, A., Cohen, E., (2019) 'Moralizing gods, impartiality and religious parochialism across 15 societies'. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1898). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0962-8452 Open Access Linket al.
Mattison, S., Moya, C., Reynolds, A. and Towner, MC. (2018) 'Evolutionary demography of age at last birth: Integrating approaches from human behavioural ecology and cultural evolution'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1743). pp. 20170060 - 20170060. ISSN: 0962-8436