Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognition, Culture, and Development Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research program reflects her commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of human cognition and behavior. Her objective is to examine our capacities to learn, create, and transmit culture in order to increase our understanding of cognitive and cultural evolution. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in southern Africa, and is currently doing research in Brazil, China, and Vanuatu (a Melanesian archipelago), using both experimental and ethnographic methods.
Her research and training reflect her commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cognitive development and cultural learning. She draws on insights from cognitive, cultural, and developmental psychology as well as cognitive and psychological anthropology with the aim of facilitating cross-fertilization within and across these disciplines.