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Kristin Hagel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig  

Phone: +49 341 3550 326
E-mail: kristin_hagel@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Office: level 1, room u1.43

Research interests 

My research interests include the question of whether religious belief and ritual behavior have an adaptive significance in a social and ecological context. In order to tackle this question, I am currently examining whether variance in cross-cultural data concerning various aspects of religious belief can be explained by environmental constraints. By considering coordination problems I am additionally exploring ecological models of territoriality, landmark use and conservation practices. As part of my doctoral research I studied underlying theories of cooperation in social dilemmas and conducted economic games with human subjects. I am also interested in conservation and have research experience associated with non-human primates, rainforest ecology and community based forest management.



Hoogeveen, S., Haaf, J. M., Bulbulia, J. A., Ross, R. M., McKay, R., Altay, S., Bendixen, T., Berniūnas, R., Cheshin, A., Gentili, C., Georgescu, R., Gervais, W. M., Hagel, K., Kavanagh, C., Levy, N., Neely, A., Qiu, L., Rabelo, A., Ramsay, J. E., Rutjens, B. T., Turpin, H., Uzarevic, F., Wuyts, R., Xygalatas, D., & van Elk, M. (2022). The Einstein effect provides global evidence for scientific source credibility effects and the influence of religiosity. Nature Human Behaviour.
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Romano, A., Giardini, F., Columbus, S., de Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Kisfalusi, D., Triki, Z., Snijders, C., & Hagel, K. (2021). Reputation and socio-ecology in humans. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376: 20200295.
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Broesch, T., Crittenden, A. N., Beheim, B. A., Blackwell, A. D., Bunce, J. A., Colleran, H., Hagel, K., Kline, M., McElreath, R., Nelson, R. G., Pisor, A. C., Prall, S., Pretelli, I., Purzycki, B., Quinn, E. A., Ross, C., Scelza, B., Starkweather, K. E., Stieglitz, J., & Borgerhoff Mulder, M. (2020). Navigating cross-cultural research: Methodological and ethical considerations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287: 20201245.
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Teichmann, D., Talley, E., Egidy, S., Engel, C., Gummadi, K. P., Hagel, K., Lewandowsky, S., MacCoun, R. J., Utz, S., & Zamir, E. (2020). Institutions promoting or countering deliberate ignorance. In R. Hertwig, & C. Engel (Eds.), Deliberate ignorance: choosing not to know (pp. 275-298). Cambridge: The MIT Press.
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Hagel, Kristin, Manfred Milinski, and Jochem Marotzke. "The level of climate-change mitigation depends on how humans assess the risk arising from missing the 2 C target." Palgrave Communications 3 (2017): 17027.

Hagel, Kristin, et al. "Which risk scenarios can drive the emergence of costly cooperation?." Scientific reports 6 (2016): 19269.

Hilbe, Christian, Kristin Hagel, and Manfred Milinski. "Asymmetric power boosts extortion in an economic experiment." PloS one 11.10 (2016): e0163867.

Jacquet, Jennifer, et al. "Intra-and intergenerational discounting in the climate game." Nature climate change 3.12 (2013): 1025.