What it took for break-up songs to become cultural items

Gloria Gaynor singing I will survive

Some of the skills you develop as a PhD student were not on the program. Now two years into my PhD, I realize that I have become much better at composing nice playlists, and in particular break-up songs playlists. Admittedly, this is not what I thought I’d get good at, but, well, it still counts as a skill or knowledge of some sort, and I enjoy my newly-won status of information-provider. After years been given advice about music by others, ending up in the position of the adviser feels like an achievement....

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X. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science, 24-27 May 2018

The 10th Dubrovnik Conference in Cognitive Science on Communication, Pragmatics, and Theory of Mind, will take place on 24-27 May 2018, in the Center for Advanced Studies of Dubrovnik, Croatia, located by the Adriatic sea at the foot of the old city of Dubrovnik (Croatia), a UNESCO world heritage site....

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships with Christine Legare at Austin, Texas

  The Cognition, Culture, and Development Lab (PI: Cristine Legare) at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for three NSF-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The objective of this cross-cultural research project is to study the psychological processes that allow us to learn, create, and transmit culture....

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Assistant professorship in Evolutionary Social Science at ASU

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University invites applications for an assistant professor to join our world-leading program in evolutionary social science. ...

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We may be thinking about it all wrong

“What should we do about North Korea?” asked an article in the September 8 edition of the Washington Post. What made me read the article, however, was not the title but the subtitle:  “We may be thinking about it all wrong.” Might the article be of relevance to the psychology of reasoning? ...

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Culture-and-cognition research on the ISIS Frontline

Are decisions in extreme conflicts driven by cost–benefit calculations? The work of Scott Atran and colleagues on ISIS fighters casts doubt on this common social science assumption. It illustrates ...

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Do chimpanzees really care about equity?

One of the most popular Youtube videos in comparative psychology features capuchins exchanging tokens for food with a human experimenter. It is fascinating to see how outraged the capuchin becomes when realizing that the experimenter is giving her cucumber while she is giving out grapes (much more tasty food) to another capuchin! After watching this video, ...

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The Extension of Biology Through Culture

A juvenile capuchin monkey observes a skilled adult male eating a nut it has just broken using a hammerstone. This picture illustrates a special issue of PNAS on the Extension of Biology Through ...

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Cecilia Heyes on the social tuning of reason

  How are evolution, cognition, and culture interconnected? Cecilia Heyes and I are both interdisciplinary scholars trying to help address this basic issue but we go about it in generally ...

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Sensitivity to shared information in social learning

In July we’re reading Whalen et al. (2017): Sensitivity to shared information in social learning. In the study, three experiments are presented with regard to the source of informants’ ...

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Do apes produce metonymies?

Your friend Olga is coming for a drink. You put two plates on the table, one with olives and the other with almonds. When both plates have been emptied, you ask Olga, “Do you want anything ...

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First Social Epistemology Network Event, Oslo, May 22-24, 2018

The Social Epistemology Network Event aims to  bring together leading figures in social epistemology —  Keynote Speakers will be Cristina BicchieriSandy Goldberg, Alvin Goldman, Katherine Hawley , and Paulina Sliwa — , together with early to mid-career researchers, and outstanding graduate students from around the world....

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