Helena Miton

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Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Helena Miton

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Research Statement

Helena Miton’s research focuses on the interplay between minds and culture, and how the interactions between them led to contemporary organizational forms. She investigates questions such as how knowledge is passed on and maintained through time, and how constraints faced by human collectives would explain the development of cognitive technologies — like writing — and organizational forms. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she uses computational models, experiments, and large-scale archival datasets.

Research Interests

  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cognition
  • Historical Dynamics


Helena Miton holds a BA in Sociology from the Université Paris IV Sorbonne, a Master degree in Cognitive Science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). After her doctorate, she completed an Omidyar fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Cognitive Science, Central European University, 2019
  • Master in Cognitive Science, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm), 2014
  • BA in Sociology, Université Paris IV Sorbonne, 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Disciplinary Diversity and Inclusion Award, Cognitive Science Society, 2021
  • Best Dissertation Award, Central European University, 2021
  • Best Student Paper Award, Cultural Evolution Society, 2017
  • First-year PhD Student Award, Central European University, 2017


Journal Articles

Alexey Koshevoy, Helena Miton, Olivier Morin
September 2023 Vol. 238
Mason Youngblood, Helena Miton, Olivier Morin
Evolutionary Human Sciences
April 2023 Vol. 5
Helena Miton, Simon DeDeo
Journal of the Royal Society Interface
October 2022 Vol. 19 Issue 195
Helena Miton, Olivier Morin
September 2021 Vol. 214
Helena Miton, Thomas Wolf, Cordula Vesper, Günther Knoblich, Dan Sperber
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
October 28, 2020 Vol. 287 Issue 1937
Helena Miton, Dan Sperber, Mikołaj Hernik
Cognitive Science
June 2020 Vol. 44 Issue 6
Mercier Hugo, Helena Miton
Evolution and Human Behavior
May 2019 Vol. 40 Issue 3 Pages 301–314
Helena Miton, Mathieu Charbonneau
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
May 30, 2018 Vol. 285 Issue 1879
Helena Miton, Hugo Mercier
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
November 29, 2015 Vol. 19 Issue 11 Pages 633–636
Helena Miton, Nicolas Claidière, Hugo Mercier
Evolution and Human Behavior
July 2015 Vol. 36 Issue 4 Pages 303–312