Date of birth: 27th March 1943

Present position:
Emeritus School Professor, London School of Economics
Senior Member, Darwin College, Cambridge
Visiting Professor New College of the Humanities, London

Westminster School, 1956-61, (Honorary Scholar, Ellershaw Scholar)
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1961-67, (Open Scholar, Westminster Exhibitioner, Sam Waes Exhibitioner)

B.A., Psychology and Physiology, University of Cambridge, 1964
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Cambridge, 1968

Academic career:
Demonstrator, Institute of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 1967-70
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1968-70
Assistant Director of Research, Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, 1970-82
Fellow and Tutor for Graduates, King's College, Cambridge, 1974-79
Visiting Fellow, Center for Cognitive Studies, Department of Philosophy, Tufts University, 1987-90
Visiting Fellow, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, City University of New York, 1988-89
Research Group on Mind and Brain, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Bielefeld, 1990
Perrott-Warrick Senior Research Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1992-95
Professor of Psychology, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, 1995– 2005
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, LSE, 1999-2001
School Professor, London School of Economics, 2001 – 2008
Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics, 2008 -
Senior Member, Darwin College, Cambridge, 2008 -
Visiting Professor, New College of the Humanities, London, 2012-

Honours and Prizes:
Glaxo Science Writer’s Prize, 1980
Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, 1985
British Psychological Society Book Award, 1993
Pufendorf Medal, 2011
Mind and Brain Prize 2015

Editor of Granta magazine, 1963-64

Advisory Board
Guggenheim Museum 2011-

Editorial Board
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Evolutionary Psychology

Television Programmes (written and presented)

"Four Minutes to Midnight", The BBC Bronowski Memorial Lecture. (A one-hour programme about the psychology of nuclear weapons). BBC2, 1981.

"Shakespeare's Sonnets, nos. 56 and 87". (Two 20-minute programmes about the meaning of Shakespeare's poems). Channel 4. 1982.

"The Inner Eye" (six one-hour programmes about the uses and origins of human consciousness). Channel 4. 1986.

"Is There Anybody There?" (a one-and-a-half-hour "special documentary" about the psychology of the paranormal). Channel Four. 1987. US Discovery Channel, 1988.

“Placebo: Cracking the Code” (a scientific exploration of the placebo effect). Discovery Channel 2004.

“The Family that Walks on Al l Fours,” (an investigation of a family of human quadrupeds in Turkey) BBC 2, 2006, NOVA 2006.


Consciousness Regained: Chapters in the Development of Mind, Oxford University Press, 1983 [Spanish translation 1989].

Four minutes to midnight The BBC Bronowski Memorial Lecture, BBC Publications, 1981; Menard Press 1982. [German, Greek, Russian translations, 1982].

In a Dark Time, (ed. with R. J. Lifton), Faber & Faber 1984, Harvard University Press 1984.

The Inner Eye, Faber & Faber 1986, Faber Inc 1987, Vintage 1993, Oxford University Press 2002. [Italian and Spanish translations 1992, Japanese 1993, Slovak 2007].

A History of the Mind, Chatto & Windus 1992, Simon & Schuster 1992, Vintage 1993, Copernicus 1999. [Portuguese translation 1995; German 1996; Italian 1998].

Leaps of Faith: Science, Miracles and the Search for Supernatural Consolation, Chatto & Windus 1995, Vintage 1996, Basic Books 1996, Copernicus 1999.

How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem, Imprint Academic, 2000.

The Mind Made Flesh: Essays from the Frontiers of Evolution and Psychology, Oxford University Press, 2002. [Japanese translation 2004]

Seeing Red: a Study in Consciousness. Harvard University Press, 2006 [Japanese translation 2006, Italian 2007, German 2008]

Soul Dust: the Magic of Consciousness. Princeton University Press, 2011, Quercus 2011 [Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Czech translations 2012-13]

Papers since 2000 (150 papers 1967-2000, see website)

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The power of prayer.’ Skeptical Inquirer, 24, (2000), p. 61.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘How to solve the mind-body problem.’ Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, (2000), pp.5-20,

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘In reply.’ Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, (2000), pp. 98-112.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Now you see it, now you don’t.’ Neuro-psychoanalysis, 2, (2000) pp. 14-17.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘One-self: a meditation on the unity of consciousness.’ Social Research, 67, (2000), pp. 32-39.
Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Dreaming as play.’ Behavioral & Brain Sciences , 23, (2000), p. 953.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Altered states.’ Social Research, 68, (2001), pp 585-7.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The Deformed Transformed’. CPNSS Monograph, DP 55/01, (2001).

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Doing it my way: sensation, perception - and feeling red.’ Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24, (2001), p. 987.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Great expectations: the evolutionary psychology of faith-healing and the placebo response.’ In Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium, Vol. 2: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. Edited by Claes von Hofsten & Lars Bäckman. Psychology Press, (2002), pp.225-46.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Shamanism and cognitive evolution [Commentary on Michael Winkelman].’ Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 12, (2002), pp. 91-3.
Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Dreaming as play’. In Sleep and dreaming: Scientific advances and reconsiderations,. Edited by E F Pace-Schott, M.Solms, M.Blagrove, and S.Harnad, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2003) p. 164

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Foreword’ to Folk Physics for Apes by Daniel J. Povinelli, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. v-vi.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Thinking about feeling.’ Guest essay in Oxford Companion to the Mind. Edited by R.L.Gregory , Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2004), pp. 213-4 .

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The placebo effect’. In Oxford Companion to the Mind. Edited by R.L.Gregory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2004), pp. 735-6.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘A family affair.’ In Curious Minds: How a child becomes a scientist. Edited by. John Brockman, New York: Pantheon Books, (2004), pp.3-12.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Do babies know what they look like? Doppelgängers and the phenomenology of infancy.’ In Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science. Vol. 2. Edited by Susan Hurley and Nick Chater, Cambridge Ma.: MIT Press, (2005), pp. 178-80

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Prirodni psychologovia’ [Natural psychologists], Kritika & Kontext, 31 (2005), pp. 23-29.

Nicholas Humphrey, John R Skoyles and Roger Keynes. ‘Human Hand-Walkers: Five Siblings Who Never Stood Up.’ CPNSS Discussion Paper, DP 77/05 (2005)

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Consciousness: the Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite.’ In Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement, ed. John Brockman,New York: Vintage (2006) pp. 50-64

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Science looks at fairness.’ Social Research, 73 (2006) pp. 345-7.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Killer instinct’ (Review of Niall Furguson, “World of War”). Prospect. September (2006).

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Could vision after recovery from early blindness be “blindsight”?’ The Psychologist, 20, 3, (2007) p.139

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The society of selves.’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 362, (2007) pp. 745-754; also in Social intelligence: from brain to culture, ed. Nathan Emery, Nicola Clayton, Chris Smith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2008),
pp. 415-430

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘La natura e il valore del colore.’ Multiverso, n.4, (2007) pp. 3-8

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Dreaming to learn.’ In Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with great scientists of our time., ed. Lynn Margulis & Eduardo Punset, Chelsea Green Publishing, (2007).pp. 140-148

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Getting the measure of consciousness.’ In What is Life? The Next 100 Years of Yukawa's Dream. Ed. M. Murase and I. Tsuda, Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement, 173, (2008) pp. 264-269.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Questioning consciousness.’ Seed Magazine, February (2008.)

Nicholas Humphrey, Stefan Mundlos, and Seval Turkmen. ‘Genes and quadrupedal locomotion in humans.’ Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(21):E26, May 2008.

S. Türkmen, K. Hoffmann, Osman Demirhan, Defne Aruoba, N. Humphrey, S.Mundlos. ‘Cerebellar hypoplasia, with quadrupedal locomotion, caused by mutations in the very low density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR) gene.’ European Journal of Human Genetics 16, (2008), pp. 1070-74.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The colour currency of nature.’ In Colour for Architecture Today. Ed. Tom Porter and Byron Mikellides. London: Taylor and Francis, (2009) pp. 912.

Helen “a blind monkey who saw everything”. Oxford Companion to Consciousness , ed. Tim Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, Patrick Wilken, (2009) pp. 343-345.

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Il potere delle parole’ (Italian translation of “What shall we tell the children?”. Prometeo, June 2009, pp38-51.

Nicholas Humphrey and Daniel C. Dennett. ‘Parler au nom de nos Soi(s): Une évaluation du trouble de personalité multiple.’ Terrain, 52,(2009) pp. 18-37

Seval Turkmen, Nicholas Humphrey et al. ‘Mutations of CA8 Cause a Novel Syndrome Characterized by Ataxia and Mild Mental Retardation with Predisposition to Quadrupedal Gait.’ PLOS Genetics 5(5): e1000487. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000487 (2009).

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘The nature of beauty.’ Prospect, September,(2010) pp. 62-65,

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Person as moral scientist.’ Behavioral & Brain Sciences. 33.4, , (2010) p. 340

Nicholas Humphrey.‘It takes a thief to catch a thief’. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 34.1. (2011) p. 28,

Emanuele Castano, Nicholas Humphrey, et al. ‘Ideology, fear of death and death anxiety.’ Political Psychology, 32, (2011) pp. 601-621

Nicholas Humphrey. ‘Introduction’ to Descartes’ Discourse and Meditations,’ Folio Society, (2011)

Nicholas Humphrey. “'This chimp will kick you ass at memory games, but how the hell does he do it?'” Trends in Cognitive Science, vol 16, (2012) pp.353- 355

Nicholas Humphrey. and John Skoyles “The evolutionary psychology of healing: a human success story.” Current Biology, Sept 10, vol 22. no. 17 (2012), pp R695-R698

Nicholas Humphrey. “In a dark time.” Clio’s Psyche, September 2012 pp 163-165