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Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour: a general approach based on the Price equation
It is argued that the nonselection components of evolutionary change are much more important for culture than for genes, and that this and other important differences from the genetic case mean that different approaches and emphases are needed for cultural than genetic processes.
How portraits turned their eyes upon us: Visual preferences and demographic change in cultural evolution
- O. Morin
- 1 May 2013
Developing and Using an S3R Model to Analyze Reasoning in Web-Based Cross-National Exchanges on Sustainability
Within the increasing body of research that examines students’ reasoning on socioscientific issues, we consider in particular student reasoning concerning acute, open-ended questions that bring out…
Reasons to be fussy about cultural evolution
- O. Morin
- PsychologyBiology & philosophy
- 29 February 2016
This discussion paper responds to two recent articles in Biology and Philosophy that raise similar objections to cultural attraction theory, a research trend in cultural evolution putting special…
Birth of the cool: a two-centuries decline in emotional expression in Anglophone fiction
A decrease in emotionality in English-speaking literature starting plausibly in the nineteenth century is shown, and a link between ageing and negative emotionality at the individual level is found.
Spontaneous Emergence of Legibility in Writing Systems: The Case of Orientation Anisotropy
- O. Morin
- PsychologyCogn. Sci.
- 26 January 2017
Phylogenetic analyses and recently invented scripts show that cultural evolution over the last three millennia cannot be the sole cause of these effects.
Questioning the cultural evolution of altruism
It is argued that cultural transmission yields altruism only to the extent that it relies on maladaptive mechanisms, such as conformist imitation and (in some cases) payoff‐biased transmission.
Social information use and social information waste
- O. Morin, P. Jacquet, K. Vaesen, Alberto Acerbi
- PsychologyPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
- 10 December 2020
A comprehensive review of the literature on five experimental tasks documented 45 studies show social information waste, and four studies showing social information being over-used, including ‘egocentric discounting’ phenomena as studied by social psychology, but also include experimental social learning studies.
Engaging with socially acute questions: Development and validation of an interactional reasoning framework
Scientific expertise and outcomes often give rise to controversy. An educational response that equips students to take part in socioscientific discussions is the teaching of Socially Acute Questions…