from month 04/2011

Moral Compensation and the Environment

Moral Compensation and the Environment: Affecting individuals’ moral intentions through how they see themselves as moral (link to the article) Ann Tenbrunsel, Jennifer Jordan, Francesca Gino & Marijke Leliveld To maintain a positive moral self-image, individuals engage in compensa...

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Belief ascription in infants and children: the puzzle

In several recent papers on mindreading and belief-ascription, Ian Apperly and his colleagues have reported evidence suggesting that the process whereby human adults ascribe false beliefs to others is not automatic. They have further argued that efficiency and flexibility make competing and ...

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Where and when did languages emerge? The answer

In Science, a new paper by Quentin D. Atkinson "Phonemic Diversity Supports aSerial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa" is generating a lot of well-deserved interest (see here, here, or here for instance). Abstract: Human genetic and phenotypic diversity declines with ...

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Cultural evolution of linguistic structures

Forthcoming in Nature an article by Michael Dunn, Simon J. Greenhill, Stephen C. Levinson and Russell D. Gray entitled “Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals” available here. Abstract: Languages vary widely but not without limit. The ...

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Post-doc in Cultural or Social Neuroscience

Applications accepted for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural or Social Neuroscience, associated with the Foundation for Psychocultural Research – Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain and Development (FPR-HC CBD).     The ...

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What the judge ate for breakfast

How do people make decision? One view is that they arrive at their decisions by reasoning, using as premises their beliefs and desires. Another view is that people’s beliefs, desires, and decisions are largely determined by internalized cultural patterns. Particularly relevant to both ...

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Workshop: ‘Naturalistic approaches to culture?’

The European Science Foundation's Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) organizes a workshop on naturalistic approaches to culture. on the lake Balaton in Hungary, 4-7 September 2011. The aim of the workshop is to initiate a long-term initiative of the SCH, in favour of interdisciplinary ...

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Cognitive Migration

Cognitive Migration:The Role of Mental Simulation in the (Hot) Cultural Cognition of Migration Decisions (link to the article) David Kyle & Saara Koikkalainen This paper introduces the novel empirical concept of “cognitive migration” to better understand the role of the prospe...

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Is social cognition reducible to theory of mind?

In an article entitled "Social cognition is not reducible to theory of mind when children use deontic rules to predict the behaviour of others” (coming out in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011, available here), Fabrice Clément, Stéphane Bernard and ...

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If “Religion is natural”, what about atheism?

In 'cognition and culture' circles, it is almost a matter of common wisdom, it seems, to claim that religious belief is natural, whereas atheism, physicalism and other forms of unbelief are unnatural (see for example this paper by Robert McCauley). Sociologist Rodney Stark has announced the ...

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