Edward Hagen is a biological anthropologist who specializes in the evolution of depression, self-harm, psychoactive drug use, among other topics.
Edward Hagen is a Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University where he has taught since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 under the supervision of John Tooby and took a postdoc in Peter Hammerstein’s group at the Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, from 2001 to 2007. Hagen has published on numerous topics in evolutionary psychological theory, but his work predominately centers on evolutionary approaches to noninfectious disease, particularly mental health. He is best known for his evolutionary theoretical research on depression and psychoactive drug use. His publications defending the field of evolutionary psychology against its critics are also widely cited.
The Bargaining Model of Depression, Self-Harm, and Suicidal Behavior
- Hagen, E. H. (2003). The bargaining model of depression. In P. Hammerstein (Ed.), Genetic and cultural evolution of cooperation (pp. 95–123). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Google Scholar
- Hagen, E. H. (2005). Controversies surrounding evolutionary psychology. In D. Buss (Ed.), The evolutionary psychology handbook (pp. 145–173). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Hagen, E. H. (2014). Invariant world, invariant mind. Evolutionary psychology and its critics. In D. Buss (Ed.), The handbook of evolutionary psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Hagen, E. H., & Hammerstein, P. (2009). Did Neanderthals and other early humans sing? Seeking the biological roots of music in the loud calls of primates, lions, hyenas, and wolves. Musicae Scientiae, 13(2_suppl), 291–320.Google Scholar
- Hagen, E. H., Sullivan, R. J., Schmidt, R., Morris, G., Kempter, R., & Hammerstein, P. (2009). Ecology and neurobiology of toxin avoidance and the paradox of drug reward. Neuroscience, 160(1), 69–84.Google Scholar
- Hagen, E. H., Roulette, C. J., & Sullivan, R. J. (2013). Explaining human recreational use of ‘pesticides’: the neurotoxin regulation model of substance use vs. the hijack model and implications for age and sex differences in drug consumption. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4, 142.Google Scholar
- Hess, N., Helfrecht, C., Hagen, E., Sell, A., & Hewlett, B. (2010). Interpersonal aggression among Aka hunter-gatherers of the Central African Republic. Human Nature, 21(3), 330-354.Google Scholar
- Roulette, C. J., Mann, H., Kemp, B. M., Remiker, M., Roulette, J. W., Hewlett, B. S., … & Hagen, E. H. (2014). Tobacco use vs. helminths in Congo basin hunter-gatherers: self-medication in humans?. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(5), 397–407.Google Scholar
- Sullivan RJ, Hagen EH and Hammerstein P 2008. Revealing the paradox of drug reward in human evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 275, 1231–1241.Google Scholar