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Minhua Yan is a second year evolutionary anthropology PhD student working with Robert Boyd and Sarah Mathew. Prior to joing School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU, she studied animal behavior ecology and computational biology and Cornell.
She is interested in explaining human evolution and human cultural transmission patterns with mathematical models, field data and lab experiments. Her current projects focus mainly on norms-- how a norm following psychology first emerged; whether humans are intrinsically attarcted to certain norms and if so, why; how different forms of norms shift, etc.