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 SaturdayOne 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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