Social Origins Lab

UC Berkeley


Welcome to the Social Origins Lab.

Our lab investigates the evolution and development of uniquely human cognition and behavior.

The lab is housed in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley, and is directed by Jan Engelmann.

Latest News

The Social Origins Lab is accepting graduate students!


University of California, Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Recent Publications

Engelmann, J. M., Haux, L. M., & Herrmann, E. (2019). Helping in young children and chimpanzees shows partiality towards friends. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Herrmann, E., Haux, L. M., Zeidler, H., & Engelmann, J. M. (2019). Human children but not chimpanzees make irrational decisions driven by social comparison. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: B, Biological Sciences, 286:20182228. doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.2228