Willem Frankenhuis Receives HBES “Early Career Award” © private

Willem Frankenhuis is the 2021 recipient of the Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). The Early Career Award recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior. Frankenhuis’ achievements were honored during the closing event of the conference “HBES Virtually Everywhere” on Friday, July 2nd.


Frankenhuis’ research focuses on how cognition and behavior develop under harsh and unpredictable conditions. His primary fo­cus is on hidden talents, specifically abilities that are enhanced through adversity. In addition, he examines reasonable re­sponses, which denotes behavior that can be understood as a response to the costs and benefits associated with living in poverty.
Frankenhuis earned a BSc in psy­cho­logy (2005), an MSc in psy­cho­logy (2006), and an MA in philo­sophy (2006) from the Uni­versity of Am­s­ter­dam. In 2012, he re­ceived his PhD in Bio­lo­gic­al An­thro­po­logy from the Uni­versity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles, be­fore be­com­ing a post-doc­tor­al re­search­er at the Cog­nit­ive De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter of the Cent­ral European Uni­versity in Bud­apest, Hun­gary. In De­cem­ber 2012, Dr. Franken­huis joined the De­part­ment of De­vel­op­ment­al Psy­cho­logy of the Be­ha­vi­our­al Sci­ence In­sti­tute at Rad­boud Uni­versity in the Neth­er­lands as an as­sist­ant pro­fess­or. He became an as­so­ci­ate pro­fess­or there in Janu­ary 2018. Since Septem­ber 2020, he has been working as an as­so­ci­ate pro­fess­or of psy­cho­logy at Utrecht Uni­versity in the Netherlands and as a seni­or re­search­er at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany.

 “I am delighted with this award because I have done my best to serve the HBES, for example as editor of its research journal Evolution and Human Behavior,” said the psychologist after the announcement of his award. “This award means a lot to me. HBES sparked my research interests two decades ago. Since then, it has continually inspired and nurtured my academic development. I am very grateful to all the wonderful mentors, collaborators, and students I have worked with over the years. I look forward to paying this energy forward to our community in the coming decades.”


About the HBES:
The Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) is an interdisciplinary, international Society of researchers, primarily from the social and biological sciences. It uses modern evolutionary theory to help to discover human nature, including evolved emotional, cognitive, and sexual adaptations. The Society was founded at the University of Michigan in 1988.