Cognition and Culture Reader (Beta version)

Welcome to the Cognition and Culture Reader! This reader intends to give an overview of the field of Cognition and Culture. All the papers are freely available on the Internet! (If some of the link below are broken, please tell us).

This is the beta version of our reader prepared by Nicolas Baumard. Of course, it needs improving and it will need regular updating. We would be grateful to members of the Institute for suggestions (keeping in mind that we are aiming at a useful short selection, not at exhaustivity, please contact us here if you have any suggestion).

Introduction

Domains

A primer on cognition

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallBarrett, C. & Kurzban R., (2006) Modularity in cognition: Framing the debate
  • pdf-icon-smallBoyer, P. & Barrett, H. C., (2005). Evolved Intuitive Ontology: Integrating Neural, Behavioral and Developmental Aspects of Domain-Specificity
  • pdf-icon-smallHaselton, M.G. & Nettle, D., (2005) The Paranoid Optimist: An Integrative Evolutionary Model of Cognitive Biases
  • pdf-icon-smallCosmides, L. & Tooby J. (1997) Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D., (2005) Modularity and relevance: How can a massively modular mind be flexible and context-sensitive?

Books

  • book-icon-small Bloom, P. (2004) Descartes' baby: How the science of child development explains what makes us human?
  • book-icon-smallBuss, D. (2000), Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind
  • book-icon-smallHirschfeld L & Gelman S (2000), Mapping The Mind: Domain Specificity in Cognition and Culture
  • book-icon-smallKeil, F. (1992) Concepts, kinds, and cognitive development
  • book-icon-smallMithen, S., (2000) The prehistory of mind
  • book-icon-smallPinker, S., (2000) How the minds works
  • book-icon-smallSterelny, K. (2003), Thought in a hostile world

More

  • pdf-icon-smallGigerenzer, G. & Todd, P., (1999) Simple heuristics that makes us smart
  • pdf-icon-smallSpelke, E. & Kinzler, K. (2007) Core knowledge

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-small Evolutionary psychology under attack (Dan Sperber)
  • pdf-icon-small Altruistic adoption in chimpanzees? (Nicolas Baumard)

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A primer on culture

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallGergely, G. & Csibra, G. (2006) Sylvia's recipe: The role of imitation and pedagogy in the transmission of cultural knowledge
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D., (2001) Conceptual tools for a natural science of society and culture
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D. & Hirschfeld, L. (2004) The cognitive foundations of cultural stability and diversity
  • pdf-icon-smallTomasello, M., (1999) The human adaptation to culture
  • pdf-icon-smallTooby, J. & Cosmides, L., (1992) Psychological foundations of culture

Books

  • book-icon-smallBloch, M. (1998) How We Think They Think: Anthropological Approaches to Cognition, Memory, and Literacy
  • book-icon-smallBoyd, R. & Richerson P., (2005) Not by genes alone
  • book-icon-smallCarruthers, P., Laurence, S. & Stich, S.P.(2005) The innate mind
  • book-icon-smallEnfield, N.& Levinson, S., (2006) Roots of human sociality
  • book-icon-smallPinker, S. (2003) The blank slate

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  • pdf-icon-smallBloch, M., (2005) Where did anthropology go? or The need for "human nature"
  • pdf-icon-smallDehaene, S. & Cohen, L. (2007) Cultural recycling of cortical maps
  • pdf-icon-smallWhiten, A., Goodall, J., McGrew, W.C., Nishida, T., Reynolds, V., Sugiyama, Y., Tutin, C. E. G., Wrangham, R. W. & Boesch, C. (1999) Cultures in Chimpanzees

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallCumulative culture in the lab and chimpanzees (Helen de Cruz)
  • pdf-icon-smallCultural attraction among birds (Hugo Viciana)
  • pdf-icon-smallCulture and perception (Simon Barthelmé)
  • pdf-icon-smallHow much of a difference does culture make? (Olivier Morin)
  • pdf-icon-smallHow cultural is cultural epidemiology? The case of enculturation (Christophe Heintz)
  • pdf-icon-smallIn praise of neuroscience (for once) (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallIs language a replicator? (Nicolas Claidière)

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Arts and artifacts

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallBloom, P. (1996) Intention, history, and artifact concepts
  • pdf-icon-smallDehaene, S. & Cohen, L., (2007) Cultural Recycling of Cortical Maps
  • pdf-icon-smallJackendoff, R., & Lerdahl, F., (2006) The Capacity for Music: What Is It, and What's Special About It?
  • pdf-icon-smallMcDermott, J. & Hauser, M., (2005) The innateness of Music: Innateness, Uniqueness and Evolution

Books

  • book-icon-smallDehaene, S., (1997) The number sense
  • book-icon-smallDehaene, S., (2009) Reading in the brain
  • book-icon-smallHutchins, E., (1996) Cognition in the wild
  • book-icon-smallSmall, J. P. (1997), Wax Tablets of the Mind: cognitive studies of memory and litteracy in classical antiquity

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  • pdf-icon-smallChangizi,M., Zhang, Q., Ye, H. & Shimojo, S., (2006) The Structures of Letters and Symbols throughout Human History Are Selected to Match Those Found in Objects in Natural Scenes
  • book-icon-smallGoody, J., (1977) The domestication of the savage mind
  • pdf-icon-smallInterdisciplines (2005) Art and cognition workshop
  • pdf-icon-smallMiller, G., (2001) The mating mind How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
  • pdf-icon-smallPeretz, I. (2006) The nature of music from a biological perspective
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D. & Wilson, D. (2008) A deflationary account of metaphors
  • book-icon-smallYates, F. (1975), The Art of Memory

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallAstounding! Readers use their imagination when reading (Olivier Morin)
  • pdf-icon-smallBook review: The art instinct by Denis Dutton (Roberto Casati)
  • pdf-icon-smallCartoon faces (Olivier Morin)
  • pdf-icon-smallPaleolithic art: awesome - but not religious (Pascal Boyer)
  • pdf-icon-smallThe universality of music: Cross-cultural comparison, the recognition of emotions, and the influence of the the Backstreet Boys on a Cockatoo (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallCognition under the high brow (Pascal Boyer)

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Cooperation (morality, norms, sympathy)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallHaidt, J. (2001) The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail: A Social Intuitionist Approach to Moral Judgment
  • pdf-icon-smallHenrich, J. et al. (2005) "Economic man" in cross-cultural perspective: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies
  • pdf-icon-smallRobinson, P., Kurzban, R., and Jones, O. (2007) The Origins of Shared Intuitions of Justice
  • pdf-icon-smallWest, S. A., Griffin, A. S. & Gardner A. (2007) Social semantics: altruism, cooperation, mutualism, strong reciprocity and group selection

Books

  • book-icon-smallTuriel, E. (1998) The culture of morality
  • book-icon-smallWaal, F. de (1996) Good natured
  • book-icon-smallFrank, R., (2004) What price the moral high ground?: ethical dilemmas in competitive environments
  • book-icon-smallRidley, M., (1997)The origins of virtue: human instincts and the evolution of cooperation/li>

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  • pdf-icon-smallBaron, J. (1994) Non consequentialist decisions
  • pdf-icon-smallGurven, M. & Winking, J., (2008) Collective Action in Action: Prosocial Behavior in and out of the Laboratory
  • pdf-icon-smallHaidt, J. & Joseph, C. (2004) Intuitive ethics: How innately prepared intuitions generate culturally variable virtues
  • pdf-icon-smallHauser, M., Cushman, F., Young, L., Kang-Xing Jin, R. and Mikhail, J. (2006) A Dissociation Between Moral Judgments and Justifications

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallAre dogs (and chimps) really inequity-averse? (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallElinor Ostrom: Nobel Prize in Anthropology! (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallExperimental demonstration of cultural attitudes to punishment? (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallIs culture what makes us cooperate? (Jean-Baptiste André)
  • pdf-icon-smallSimian Oeconomicus (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallSimian Oeconomicus II (Nicolas Baumard)

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Cultural transmission

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallClaidière, N. & Sperber, C. (2009). Imitation explains the propagation, not the stability of animal culture
  • pdf-icon-smallGergely, C. & Csibra, G. (2009) Natural pedagogy
  • pdf-icon-smallMascaro, M. & Sperber, D. (2009) The Moral, Epistemic, and Mindreading Components of Children's Vigilance towards Deception
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D. & Mercier, H. (2009) Reasoning as a Social Competence
  • pdf-icon-smallTomasello, M., Carpenter, M., Call, Behne, T. and Moll, H., (2005) Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition

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  • pdf-icon-smallHarris, P. & Koenig, M., (2006) Trust in Testimony: How Children Learn about Science and Religion
  • pdf-icon-smallHorner, V. & Whiten, A., (2005) Causal knowledge and imitation/emulation switching in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and children (Homo sapiens)
  • pdf-icon-smallSouthgate, V., Chevallier, C. and Csibra, G. (2009) Sensitivity to Communicative Relevance Tells Young Children What to Imitate

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallThe scope of natural pedagogy theory (I): babies (Pierre Jacob)

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Emotions (expression, recognition, variation)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallFessler, D. & Haley, K., (2003) The strategy of affect: Emotions in human cooperation
  • pdf-icon-smallHaidt, J., Rozin, P., McCauley, C., Imada, S. (1997) Body, psyche, and culture: The relationship between disgust and morality
  • pdf-icon-smallTooby, J. & Cosmides, L. (2000) Evolutionary psychology and the emotions
  • pdf-icon-smallTracy, J.S. & Matsumoto, D., (2008) The spontaneous expression of pride and shame: Evidence for biologically innate nonverbal displays

Books

  • book-icon-smallFrank, R., (1988) Passions within reasons
  • book-icon-smallEckman, P., (2003) Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life

More

  • pdf-icon-smallBreugelmans, S. M. & Poortinga, Y. H. (2006) Emotion without a word: Shame and guilt among Rarámuri Indians and rural Javanese
  • pdf-icon-smallFessler, D.M.T. & Navarrete, C.D. (2003) Meat is good to taboo: Dietary proscriptions as a product of the interaction of psychological mechanisms and social processes
  • pdf-icon-smallKeltner, D., & Anderson, C., (2000) Saving Face for Darwin: The Functions and Uses of Embarrassment
  • pdf-icon-smallMatsumoto, D., Willingham, B. and Olide, A. (2009) Sequential dynamics of culturally moderated facial expressions of emotion
  • pdf-icon-smallZhong, C.B., & Liljenquist, K., (2006) Washing away your sins: Threatened morality and physical cleansing

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallJapanese smileys vs. Ekman faces (Olivier Morin)

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Family (kinship, sex, gender relationships)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R. (1998) It's a boy, It's a girl!": Reflections on Sex and Gender in Madagascar and Beyond
  • pdf-icon-smallBloch, M. & Sperber, D., (2002) Kinship and evolved psychological dispositions: The Mother's Brother controversy reconsidered
  • pdf-icon-smallGeary, D.C. & Flinn, M.V. (2001) Evolution of human parental behavior and the human family
  • pdf-icon-smallHrdy, S.B., (2007) Evolutionary context of human development: The cooperative breeding model
  • pdf-icon-smallLieberman, D., Tooby, J. & Cosmides, L. (2007) The architecture of human kin detection
  • pdf-icon-smallWilson, M. & Daly, M. (1998) Lethal and Nonlethal Violence Against Wives and the Evolutionary Psychology of Male Sexual Proprietariness

Books

  • book-icon-smallHrdy, S.B., (2009) Mothers and others

More

  • pdf-icon-smallJones, D. (2004) The universal psychology of kinship: evidence from language
  • pdf-icon-smallLieberman, D., Tooby, J., and Cosmides, L. (2000) The evolution of human incest avoidance mechanisms: an evolutionary psychological approach
  • pdf-icon-smallNeedham, R. (1973), Remarks on the Analysis of Kinship and Marriage

Relevant posts on the ICCI

  • pdf-icon-smallBook review: Mothers and others by Hrdy (Pierre Jacob)

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Language

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallBloom, P., (1997) Intentionality and word learning
  • pdf-icon-smallEvans, N. & Levinson, S., (2009) The Myth of Language Universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive science
  • pdf-icon-smallMajid, A., Bowerman, M., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Levinson S.C. (2004) Can language restructure cognition? The case for space
  • pdf-icon-smallPinker, S. & Jackendoff, R., (2005) The faculty of language: what's special about it?
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D., & Wilson, D. (2004) Relevance Theory

Books

  • book-icon-smallBloom, P. (2005) How children learn the meanings of words. Learning, development, and conceptual change
  • book-icon-smallEnfield, N. (2009) The anatomy of meaning
  • book-icon-smallGumperz, J. & Levinson, S. (1996) Rethinking Linguistic Relativity
  • book-icon-smallPinker, S. (1994) The language instinct
  • book-icon-smallTomasello, M., (2008) The origins of human communication (the introduction is here)

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  • pdf-icon-smallBoroditsky, L., (2001) Does language shape thought?: Mandarin and English speakers' conceptions of time
  • pdf-icon-smallEnfield, N. J. (2008). Transmission biases in linguistic epidemiology. Journal of Language Contact
  • pdf-icon-smallKay, P. & Régier, T., (2006) Language, thought, and color: Recent developments
  • pdf-icon-smallOriggi, G. & Sperber, D. (2000) Evolution, communication and the proper function of language
  • pdf-icon-smallTomasello, M., (2009) The usage-based theory of language acquisition

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallA role for dyslexia in language evolution? (Nicolas Claidière)
  • pdf-icon-smallLanguage faculty? Semiotic system? Or what? (Dan Sperber)
  • pdf-icon-smallMeaning in sounds? (Simon Barthelmé)
  • pdf-icon-smallCan you tell the language of the mother from her baby's cry? (Nicolas Claidière)

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Living beings (taxonomy, teleology, physiology)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R, Solomon, G.E. & Carey, S. (2004) Constraints on conceptual development: a case study of the acquisition of folkbiological and folksociological knowledge in Madagascar
  • pdf-icon-smallAtran, S. (1998) Folk Biology and the Anthropology of Science: Cognitive Universals and Cultural Particulars
  • pdf-icon-smallKelemen, D. (1999). Functions, goals and intentions: Children's teleological reasoning about objects
  • pdf-icon-smallInagaki, K. & Hatano, G. (2006) Young children's conception of the biological world

Books

  • book-icon-smallAtran, S. & Medin, D., (2009) The native mind (see the introduction available here)

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  • pdf-icon-smallBarrett, H.C. & Behne, T. (2004) Children's understanding of death as the cessation of agency: a test using sleep versus death
  • pdf-icon-smallGreif, M.L., Kemler Nelson, D.G., Keil, F.C. & Gutierrez, F., (2006) What Do Children Want to Know About Animals and Artifacts? Domain-Specific Requests for Information
  • pdf-icon-smallEvans, M. (2000) Why creationism is here to stay

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallBook review: The native mind by Atran and Medin (Nick Enfield)
  • pdf-icon-smallHow persistent are intuitive (erroneous) beliefs? (Helen de Cruz)

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Mathematics and physics (number, space, objects, causality)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallBoroditsky, L., (2000) Metaphoric structuring: Understanding time through spatial metaphors
  • pdf-icon-smallCarey, S. (2004) Bootstrapping & the origin of concepts
  • pdf-icon-smallde Cruz, H. (2006) Why are some numerical concepts more successful than others? An evolutionary perspective on the history of number concepts
  • pdf-icon-smallDehaene, S. (2001) Precis of the number sense
  • pdf-icon-smallSaxe, R. & Carey, S., (2006) The perception of causality in infancy

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  • pdf-icon-smallBaillargeon, R. (1994) How do infants learn about the physical world?
  • pdf-icon-smallde Cruz, H. & Pica, P. (2008) Number as a Test Case for the Role of Language in Cognition
  • pdf-icon-smallLe Corre, M. & Carey, S., (2007) One, two, three, four, nothing more: An investigation of the conceptual sources of the verbal counting principles
  • pdf-icon-smallSmith, C. L., Solomon, G.E.A. and Carey, S. (2005) Never getting to zero: Elementary school students' understanding of the infnite divisibility of number and matter
  • pdf-icon-smallSpelke, E.S. & Kinzler, K. (2007) Core knowledge
  • pdf-icon-smallXu, F. & Spelke, E.S. (2000) Large number discrimination in 6-month old children

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallThe debate over maths in the Amazon: still counting points (Olivier Morin)

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Minds (agency detection, theory of mind)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R., (2001) Are we all natural dualists? A cognitive developmental approach
  • pdf-icon-smallBoyer, P., (2010) Intuitive Expectations & The Detection of Mental Disorder: A Cognitive Background To Folk-Psychiatries
  • pdf-icon-smallCall, J. & Tomasello, J. (2008) Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30 years later
  • pdf-icon-smallOnishi, K. & Baillargeon, R. (2005) Do 15-month-old infants understand false beliefs?
  • pdf-icon-smallSouthgate, V., Chevallier, C. and Csibra, G. (2009) Seventeen-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others' referential communication

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  • pdf-icon-smallBerring, J., (2006) The folkpsychology of souls

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallIs resonance the cement of society? (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-small"No evidence of human mirror neurons" (Olivier Morin)
  • pdf-icon-smallSocial neuroscience under attack (Olvier Morin)

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Religion, ritual and magic

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R., (2008). What happens after death?
  • pdf-icon-smallBarrett, J. L. & Keil, F.C., (1996) Conceptualizing a non natural entity: Anthropomorphism in Gods concepts
  • pdf-icon-smallBoyer, P., (2003) Religious thought and behaviour as by-products of brain function
  • pdf-icon-smallLiénard, P.& Boyer, P. (2008) Whence collective rituals? A cultural selection model of ritualized behavior
  • pdf-icon-smallHarris, P. & Koenig, M., (2006) Trust in Testimony: How Children Learn about Science and Religion
  • pdf-icon-smallWhitehouse, H., (2005) The cognitive foundations of religiosity

Books

  • book-icon-smallAtran, S., (2002). In gods we trust : the evolutionary landscape of religion
  • book-icon-smallBoyer, P., (2001) Explaining religion
  • book-icon-smallMaley, B., (2004) How the bible works
  • book-icon-smallPyysiäinen, I., (2004) Magic, Miracles and Religion: A Scientist's Perspective
  • book-icon-smallPyysiäinen, I. & Anttonen, V., (2002) Current approaches in the cognitive science of religion
  • book-icon-smallWhitehouse, H. (2000) Arguments and icons: divergent modes of religiosity

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  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R. (2001) Are we all natural dualists?
  • pdf-icon-smallBerring, J., (2006) The folkpsychology of souls
  • pdf-icon-smallFessler, D.M.T. & Navarrete, C.D. (2003) Meat is good to taboo: Dietary proscriptions as a product of the interaction of psychological mechanisms and social processes
  • pdf-icon-smallSperber, D. (1997) Intuitive and reflective beliefs

Relevant posts on the ICCI blog

  • pdf-icon-smallDeath, where is thy sting? (Pascal Boyer)
  • pdf-icon-smallIntuitive fatalism: Adaptation or by-product? (Nicolas Baumard)
  • pdf-icon-smallIs Saint Nicholas a god? (Helen de Cruz)

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Social life (social norms, reputation managment, coalition formation)

Basics

  • pdf-icon-smallAstuti, R, Solomon, G.E. & Carey, S. (2004) Constraints on conceptual development: a case study of the acquisition of folkbiological and folksociological knowledge in Madagascar
  • pdf-icon-smallCosmides, L., Tooby, J. and Kurzban, J. (2003) Perceptions of race
  • pdf-icon-smallHaley, K.J. & Fessler, D.M.T. (2005) Nobody's watching? Subtle cues affect generosity in an anonymous economic game
  • pdf-icon-smallKurzban, R. & Aktipis, A., (2007) Modularity and the Social Mind: Are Psychologists Too Self-Ish?
  • pdf-icon-smallNichols, S. (2002) On The Genealogy Of Norms: A Case For The Role Of Emotion In Cultural Evolution

Books

  • book-icon-smallBrown, P. & Levinson, S. (1987) Politeness: Some universals in language usage
  • book-icon-smallFrank, R., (2000) Luxury fever: money and happiness in an era of excess
  • book-icon-smallHirschfeld, L., (1998) Race in the making: Cognition, culture, and the child's construction of human kinds

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  • pdf-icon-smallCohen, D., Nisbett, R., Bowdle, B.F. and Schwarz, N. (1996) Insult, Aggression, and the Southern Culture of Honor: An "Experimental Ethnography"
  • pdf-icon-smallKurzban, R., DeScioli, P. and O'Brien, E. (2007) Audience effects on moralistic punishment
  • pdf-icon-smallKurzban, R. & Leary, M. (2001) Evolutionary Origins of Stigmatization: The Functions of Social Exclusion
  • pdf-icon-smallStivers, T., Enfield, N. J., Brown, P., Englert, C., Hayashi, M., Heinemann, T., et al. (2009). Universals and cultural variation in turn-taking in conversation

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  • pdf-icon-smallWhy you should rank your friends (but not tell them) (Ophelia Deroy)

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