Nicolas Baumard’s blog

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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Mèng Zǐ (372 – 289 BCE) on the moral organ

This post is part of a series on the 'history of social sciences'. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   So far, in this mini-series on the (possibility of a) ...

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Adam Smith (1723-1790) on mirror neurons and empathy

This post is part of a series on the 'history of human sciences'. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   OK, I admit. Adam Smith never talked about mirror neurons. ...

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Smith (1723-1790) on innateness and cultural variability

  This post is part of a series on the 'history of social sciences'. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday One of the debates that haunts the social sciences is the ...

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Adam Smith (1723-1790) on ultimate and proximate causes in psychology

This post is part of a series on the 'history of social sciences'. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   Darwin's theory of evolution allows us to draw a ...

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Adam Smith (1723 – 1790) on intuitive and reflective processes

This post is part of a series on the 'history of social sciences'. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Yesterday, I suggested that there was a history of social sciences ...

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History of social sciences week!

I’m a big fan of books on the history of science. I like to find out about the whole story: how things got started in Ancient Greece with people disputing traditional views, how it continued ...

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Cultural relativism: Another victim of Arab revolutions?

As we are watching the fall of dictators and the wind of liberty sweeping in the Arab world, we may not have noticed another victim of this “springtime of Arab people”, namely the ...

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Children as scientists

(Hat Tip to Ed Yong!) At the end of December, Biology letters published a quite unusual paper entitled "Blackawton bees". It contains some very refreshing conclusions such as: "We ...

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The evolutionary and cognitive basis of the cultural success of garbage trucks among western toddler

The other day, I was browsing Youtube, looking for toddler's cartoons to entertain my 18 months old boy. I was not very optimistic though: Like many toddlers, my son's attention span rarely ...

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Video games as applied anthropology

Pursuing its ambitious development, the ICCI blog has decided now to open a "video games" section. And today, we are discussing the release of Civilization V, the last sequel of one of the ...

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Picture of the week: The colors of the Web

In a recent post, Ophelia wondered about the basis of people's colours preference: Which colour do you prefer ? Have you always preferred it, or did your preference change ? Can you tell why you ...

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