Pierre Liénard, Assistant Professor

Office: WRI B109
Phone: 702 895 3831
Fax: 702 895 4823
Email: Pierre.Lienard@unlv.edu
Ph. D. : Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2003
Curriculum Vitae


Decision-making in typical ecologies, cognition and culture, cultural evolution, behavioral ecology & evolutionary psychology, psychology of precaution, coalitional psychology, psychology of ritualized behavior, politics of pastoral societies, study of pastoral populations (Karimojong Cluster).

The common denominator of all components of my research agenda is an evolutionary approach to human cultures. Many recurrent features of cultures are probably best explained by properties of the human mind. In attempting to explain particular stable cultural items such as collective ritualized behaviors or typical patterns of social exchange and coalition, we should adopt a strong agenda of reduction to features of the mind.




Selected Publications

2010 Lienard, P., Life stages and risk-avoidance: Status- and context-sensitivity in precaution systems. Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2010.09.007

. (With Boyer P.) “ Ritual Behavior in Obsessive and Normal Individuals: Moderating Anxiety and Reorganizing the Action-Flow”. Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 17, issue 4, 291-234.

2008. (With E. Thomas Lawson) “Evoked Culture, Ritualization and Religious Rituals”. In Pyysiäinen I. (ed.), Religion 38 (2008) 157-171.

2006. (With Boyer P.), ‘Why ritualized behavior? Precaution Systems and Action Parsing in Developmental, Pathological and Cultural Rituals’. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2006) 29, 1-56.

2006. (With Boyer P.), ‘Whence Collective Rituals? A Cultural Selection Model of Ritualized Behavior’. American Anthropologist, volume 108, number 4 (December 2006: 814-827).

2006. (With Sørensen J. & Finney C.), ‘Agent and Instrument in judgment of ritual efficacy’. The Journal of Cognition and Culture, volume 6, issue 3-4: 463-482.

2006. ‘The making of peculiar artifacts: Living kind, artifact and social order in the Turkana sacrifice’. The Journal of Cognition and Culture, volume 6, issue 3-4: 343-373.

2004. (With F. Anselmo), ‘The social construction of emotions: gratification and gratitude among the Turkana and Nyangatom of East Africa’. In Steven Van Wolputte and Gustaaf Verswijver (eds). At the Fringes of Modernity. People, Cattle, Transitions. African Pastoralists Studies 2. Tervuren : RMCA, 150-198, photographs.

2004. ‘Kuju/kwap, kide/too: la valence des coordonnées spatiales de la topographie Turkana’. Civilisations, volume II des actes du Séminaire "Espaces et Sociétés – approches comparatives", vol. 52-1, 127-177, photographs.

2002. ‘Une communauté seringueira (Etat d'Acre, Brésil)’. In Philippe Erikson, Lenaerts, Marc (ed.). Idées à bouturer. Ethnoécologie amazonienne. Nanterre: Commission Européenne (CCE – DG XII), Université Libre de Bruxelles & Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, 271-306.