Beverly Boos

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Psychology
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Phone +47-22845078
Room S03-09
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

My research brings together perspectives from the fields of cognitive and evolutionary psychology, anthropology and archeology towards a naturalized account of social categorization, groups and alliances. Using eye tracking technology, I am currently investigating social affiliation and kin group intuitions in the cognitive development of infants, and with field experiments explore how these are represented within culture-distinct groups and subgroups, primarily in context of intergroup conflict and adversity.

Research Perspectives

  • Cognitive Anthropology
  • Cognitive Archeology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Interests & Methods

  • Adaptive rationality
  • Cooperation
  • Coalitional psychology
  • Social categorization, groups and alliances
  • Field psychology
  • "Who Said What?" memory confusion paradigm
  • Eye tracking and pupillometry
  • Violation of expectation paradigm


University of Oxford (2014) -Master of Science in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Research thesis: "Traumatic Causes of Identity Fusion and the Consequences of Sacred Values ​​and Acts" 

Harvard University (2013) -Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Psychology, Archeology and Anthropology). Thesis: The adaptive choice: empathy is the little red pill, all the rest (the altruistic emotions) are blue

Photojournalist and Director of Opening of the Heart: An Exhibit of Israelis and Palestinians

Trained by the Honourable Al Gore as a presenter with The Climate Reality Project

Tags: Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Identity, Kinship, Material culture, Conflict


  • Billingsley, Joseph; Boos, Beverly Karen & Lieberman, Debra (2019). What evidence is required to determine whether infants infer the kinship of third parties? A commentary on Spokes and Spelke (2017). Cognition.  ISSN 0010-0277.  191, s 1- 5 . doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2019.05.013
  • Kunst, Jonas R.; Boos, Beverly Karen; Kimel, Sasha; Obaidi, Milan; Shani, Maor & Thomsen, Lotte (2018). Engaging in extreme activism in support of others’ political struggles: The role of politically motivated fusion with out-groups. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  13(1) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190639

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