from month 01/2010

Universal and culture-specific recognition of emotions

Participant watching the experimenter play a stimulus and indicating her responseThere is an intersting forthcoming open access (available here) article of PNAS entitled "Cross-cultural recognition of basic emotions through nonverbal emotional vocalizations," by Disa Sauter, Frank ...

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Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics. Madrid 2010

The goal of this 4th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (web site: http://conference.clancorpus.net/) is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics. Three parallel sessions will be held according to the following topics:Pragmatics ...

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Moscow’s stray dogs

From an article in the Financial Times, fascinating both from an anthropological and a biological point of view: 'According to Poyarkov [a biologist specialising in wolves who also studies these dogs, see picture], there are 30,000 to 35,000 stray dogs in Moscow, while the wolf population for ...

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Four recipes for religion

Shrine at Qixian Monastery, China (photo Harvey Whitehouse) Over dinner the other evening, it struck me that religion is rather like ratatouille. People disagree about the ingredients of both but in fact there is no such thing as the one true recipe for either. The concepts ...

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Language evolution and universals

Two ambitious papers just published offer broad contrasting views on the biological and cultural bases of human languages:Nicholas Evans, N. , & Stephen Levinson (2009). The myth of language universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive science. Behavioral and Brain ...

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