Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Authors' Response

Beyond WEIRD: Towards a broad-based behavioral science

Joseph Henricha1a2, Steven J. Heinea1 and Ara Norenzayana1

a1 Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4 Canada.

a2 Department of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4, Canada.


In our response to the 28 (largely positive) commentaries from an esteemed collection of researchers, we (1) consolidate additional evidence, extensions, and amplifications offered by our commentators; (2) emphasize the value of integrating experimental and ethnographic methods, and show how researchers using behavioral games have done precisely this; (3) present our concerns with arguments from several commentators that separate variable “content” from “computations” or “basic processes”; (4) address concerns that the patterns we highlight marking WEIRD people as psychological outliers arise from aspects of the researchers and the research process; (5) respond to the claim that as members of the same species, humans must have the same invariant psychological processes; (6) address criticisms of our telescoping contrasts; and (7) return to the question of explaining why WEIRD people are psychologically unusual. We believe a broad-based behavioral science of human nature needs to integrate a variety of methods and apply them to diverse populations, well beyond the WEIRD samples it has largely relied upon.

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