Post-doc offer in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition

A two-year post-doctoral position in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition is currently open at the Département d’Etudes Cognitives (DEC) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Nicolas Baumard at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) and Julie Grèzes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC). ...

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Article for January: Iconicity and the Emergence of Combinatorial Structure in Language

Our first paper in 2017 is „Iconicity and the Emergence of Combinatorial Structure in Language” by Verhoef, Kirby and de Boer (2016), published in Cognitive Science. They present experimental ...

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Assistant Professor position at the University of Neuchâtel

The University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, invites applications for a position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Information and Communication Sciences....

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Call for papers: Beyond Meaning – Athens, Sept, 2017

An International Conference, "Beyond Meaning," aimed exploring the territory beyond meaning, which is pervasive in linguistic and non-linguistic interpretation will take place at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 13-15 Sept, 2017. Abstracts submission deadline: April 1st, 2017. More details below and here....

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EHBEA 2017 Satellite Meeting on Cultural Evolution

A Satellite Meeting will be organised before the EHBEA annual conference (6th-8th April, Paris, France). « Cultural Evolution by Cultural Attraction: Empirical Issues » Time: Wednesday the ...

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Article for December: Population size does not explain past changes in cultural complexity (?)

Dear friends of the Mint’s Journal Club, For the last month of 2016 we decided to read the paper from Krist Vaesen et al. Population size does not explain past changes in cultural complexity. ...

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Does Prospect Theory explain Trump and Brexit votes?

The quantity of votes in favor of the Brexit and in favor of Trump surprised most of us. We were surprised that Brexit and Trump voters would reject pretty safe options—remain in the EU and ...

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Article for November: Probabilistic pragmatics

Hi everyone! November’s article for the Mint Journal club is a recent publication by Michael Franke and Gerhard Jäger called Probabilistic pragmatics, or why Bayes’ rule is probably important ...

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Why would Japanese spirits haunt toilets and ghosts hitchhike? [Halloween special]

  After getting lost in the meanders of the Internet—well, to be fair, of Wikipedia— a grayish Sunday morning, I ended up in the Urban legends section, and may have found some ‘blogpo...

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Cow-tipping, and the strange performativity of ‘scientific studies’ – and cultural transmission

One of my all-time favorite scientific papers is the ‘Academic Urban Legends’ by Ole Bjorn Rekdal, published 2014 in the journal Social Studies of Science. Very briefly, the author goes through ...

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Article for October: Pragmatic Choice in Conversation

In October we read the paper from Raymond W. Gibbs and Guy Van Orden, published in Topics in Cognitive Science in 2012, Pragmatic Choice in Conversation. The authors are discussing regularity and ...

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