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.