The Laboratory for Experimental Anthropology, also called Anthropo-Lab, is a research unit of ETHICS (Experiments, Transhumanism, Human Interactions, Care & Society – EA 7446), Catholic University of Lille. The Anthropo-Lab was created in September 2015 with the aim to improve our understanding of the social facets of human behavior. At the Anthropo-Lab, we explore the ultimate causes of cooperation (in particular, the origins of care and solidarity), what can we do to steer human behavior towards cooperative social outcomes, and how can we respond to the ethical concerns raised by the anthropological mutations (e.g. transhumanism, artificial intelligence). To answer these questions, we use a wide set of behavioral experiments ranging from laboratory and field experiments to large scale incentivized online experiments.



Anthropo-Lab researcher Rustam Romaniuc published a column in the French newspaper La Tribune warning about the risks of organizing referenda on migration issues. The column is based on a recent experimental work that Rustam conducted with co-authors (Greg DeAngelo, Bryan McCannon and Dimitri Dubois from West Virginia University and the University of Montpellier respectively) on how cooperation is affected by the refusal to share local public goods with less endowed groups.

To access the newspaper article, click here. The experimental work is available as a working paper.


On the 24th of November, Penélope Hernandez, director of the Laboratory for Research in Experimental and Behavioral Economics (http://lineex.es/en/home/) at the University of Valencia (Spain) presented a paper titled “Words and actions as communication devices”.

Penélope Hernandez visited our laboratory from November 21 to November 24.



The Anthropo-Lab at the Catholic University of Lille, in cooperation with the interdisciplinary academic network MetaLawEcon, is organising a workshop on Universality and Particularity: Law and Economics in question? This will be a small scale advanced seminar, with about 20 participants (including presenters and discussants) from various disciplines, including law, economics, philosophy, psychology, and behavioural sciences. The workshop will take place on the 25th of November at Maison des Chercheurs, 5th floor, 60bis rue du port, 59000 Lille.

The workshop program_metalawecon_2016.


Gianluca Grimalda (Kiel Institute for the World Economy) presented in our seminar a paper titled: “Social image concerns promote cooperation more than altruistic punishment in a small-scale society of Papua” (forthcoming in Nature Communications).


The Anthropo-Lab team organized a large scale experiment for the World Forum for a Responsable Economy. The video (in French) presents the experimental set-up. The objective was to show the usefulness of the experimental method for private and public organizations.


Matteo M. Marini, a PhD student from the University of Insubria, will be visiting Anthropo-Lab from October 2016 to July 2017. Matteo works on behavioral economics. Welcome Matteo !



Since it has been shown that cooperation increases with the size of the group, we decided to add one new member to our Anthropo-Lab team. We are happy to announce that Andrea GUIDO joined Anthropo-Lab as a PhD student. Andrea will be supervized by Nicolas Vaillant (Lille Catholic University) and Giuseppe Attanasi (University of Lille 1) and his work will focus on the determinants of human cooperation & trust on online sharing platforms. Welcome Andrea!



Eli Spiegelman (LESSAC, ESC Dijon) presented in our Experimental Ethics seminar: Too much for me: limited mental efforts and preference reversals.



L’équipe de l’Anthropo-Lab organise, dans le cadre du World Forum for a Responsible Economy, une expérience sur “l’économie de demain”. Environ 500 participants sont attendus pour y prendre part.


Malik Bozzo-Rey présente son article Are Nudges a Temporal Void? dans le cadre du colloque international Conative Nudges: changes in Desires, organisé conjointement par l’UFR de Philosophie de l’Université de Rennes et le CREM.


Dans le cadre du Groupe de recherche sur les nouveaux modes d’organisation, Malik Bozzo-Rey intervient sur le thème “Nudges et management”. Son intervention est programmée le 15 Septembre 2016.


Manchester Center for Political Theory organise la “Mancept Annual Conference” à l’Université de Manchester. Malik Bozzo-Rey intervient sur le thème Nudges, Behavioral Economics and Regulation: More Problems than Solutions?


Le CITC EuraRFID organise l’IoT Week, du 25 au 29 juin 2016. Nicolas Vaillant intervient sur le thème de l’expérimentation en sciences sociales dans le cadre d’une des sessions de pitches recherche (28 et 29 juin), dont l’objet est de rapprocher l’excellence scientifique et le monde économique.