Dorsa Amir is an evolutionary anthropologist interested in how differing cultural and ecological environments shape the developing mind. She is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Boston College and received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University. Her research adopts a cross-cultural and developmental perspective to explore the role of the local environment in adaptively shaping behavior and preferences. She is currently investigating cross-cultural variation in the development of risk & time preferences, early life socioeconomic effects on behavior, and the role of scarcity in cognitive development.
Her research focuses on understanding how the mind grows and develops across diverse contexts, with a focus on small-scale societies. Her primary fieldwork is conducted among the forager-horticulturalist Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador, which provides an important opportunity to assess how local contexts may be shaping the development of human behavior & preferences.