Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Henrik Høgh-Olesen


Curriculum Vitae

Born 24.08.1957, Denmark

1983 Cand.psych./MA. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

1983-84 Research stipendiate, London.

1984-85 Aalborg Univercity Center.

1985-89. Clinical Psychologist. Odense University Hospital

1991 Ph.D. Department of Psychology. Aarhus University

1989-93 Chief psychologist Odense University Hospital.

1993-97. Assistant professor, Department Of Psychology. AU

1997-2001. Associate professor, Department of Psychology. AU

2001- Professor Social- & Personality Psychology. Deparment of Psychology. AU

2009 - 2014 Head of the Department of Psychology, AU

2011  Apponted Knight of The Order of Dannebrog by HMS Queen Margrethe ll


·Steering Comittee member European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), European Science Foundation (ESF).

Steering Committee member European CompCog Network: Evolution of Social Cognition: Comparisons and integration across a wide range of human and non-human animal species.


Published 13 scientific books, more than 100 papers

Published/broadcastet fiction and drama

Teaching Areas

Social- & Personality psychology, Evolutionary psychology, Behavioral psychology

Research Areas

Evolutionary psychology, Comparative psychology, Etology, Primatology, Aesthetics, Psychology of religion, History of psychology, Theory of science

Selected Publications

Høgh-Olesen, H.(2019). The Aesthetic Animal. US/UK. Oxford University Press

Høgh-Olesen, H.(2018). Aesthetics and Fetishism: Key stimuli and Power Objects. Evolutionary studies in imaginative culture. Vol 2, No 2, 21-32

Høgh-Olesen, H. (2016). Det æstetiske menneskedyr. Aarhus: Plurafutura Publishing.

Byrnit, J., Høgh-Olesen, H., & Makransky, G. (2015). Share your Sweets: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and bonobo (Pan paniscus) willingness to share highly attractive monopolizable food sources. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 129(3), 218-228. DOI: 10.1037/a0039351

Høgh-Olesen, H., & Dalsgaard, T. (red.) (2014). Mærkelige Menneske: Moderne personlighedspsykologi. Risskov: Plurafutura Publishing.

Høgh-Olesen, H. (red.) (2010). Human morality and sociality: Evolutionary and comparative perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hald, G. M., & Høgh-Olesen, H. (2010). Receptivity to sexual invitations from strangers of the opposite gender. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(6), 453-458. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.07.004