The universality of music: Cross-cultural comparison, the recognition of emotions, and the influence
It has long been debated which aspects of music perception are universal and which are specific to a speciﬁc musical culture. A recent paper, "Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in
Elinor Ostrom: Nobel Prize in Anthropology!
I have never quite understood why there is a Nobel Prize just in economics. Why a prize basically on financial relationships? Why not a prize for the human sciences as whole instead? After all, there
Experimental demonstration of cultural attitudes to punishment?
PNAS has just released an article on the variability of cultural attitudes to punishment. However, one may wonder if the experiment is really about punishment or cultural attitudes. Here is the
In Bad Taste: Evidence for the Oral Origins of Moral Disgust
The last issue of Science reports a fascinating piece of research on the facial display of disgust among participants whom have been treated unfairly in an economic game. Here is the abstract: In
Do economic games tell us something about real behaviours?
The last issue of Current Anthropology reports a research conducted by Polly Wiessner among the Ju/'hoan Bushmen of the Kalahari. Like a recent article by Gurven (see our previous post), this
Are dogs (and chimps) really inequity-averse?
In a recent article, New-York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins reports on an experiment published in PNAS about a sense of fairness among dogs. "Folks at the University of Vienna conducted
Epidemiology of flu, epidemiology of names
Each week, millions of Google users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season, more allergy-related searches
Neuroanthropology or ethnographical neurosciences?
In Cognition and Culture, we often emphasize the value of experimental methods combined with fieldwork when studying culture. In contrast, using the tools of anthropology in psychology is rarely
Intuitive fatalism: adaptation or by-product?
Most of us do not believe in supernatural causes. However, we may feel that celebrating an exam before having received the official result can influence our chances of success. Some of us might also
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