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Ties that Bind: The Goodness of Social Networks
Alex Pentland
March 11, 2015
Social networks have proven to be fertile ground for understanding human behavior. This fascinating exploration suggests that we’re much more motivated by social incentives that reward others than by economic self-interest alone. Pentland discusses how studying patterns of information exchange in a social network – even without any knowledge of ...
Eating our Words: What the Language of Food Says About Us
Daniel Jurafsky
Jan. 14, 2015
The words we use to talk about food offers surprising insights on history, economics, psychology, and even evolution. Daniel Jurafsky explores the relationship between food and language around the globe, from the origins of America’s national condiment as a Chinese fermented fish sauce to the reason crispy food brands tend ...
Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science
Joshua Epstein
Jan. 8, 2015
Professor Epstein will presents Agent_Zero, a new theoretical entity developed under his NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and just published by Princeton University Press. Agent_Zero is a software individual endowed with distinct emotional/affective, cognitive/deliberative, and social modules. Grounded in contemporary neuroscience, these internal components interact to generate observed, often far-from-rational, individual ...
Why We Kill: Violence as Socialization
Ginger Rhodes, Richard Rhodes
Dec. 11, 2014
Acts of serious violence – often committed by seemingly average people – leave us only to ask “Why?” Culture, genetics, and low self-esteem are often cited, but growing evidence points to brutalization experienced in childhood, often at the hands of parents or peers. Ginger Rhodes and Richard Rhodes explore the ...
The Complexity of Competition: How Contested Resources and the Scale of Competition Shape Cooperation in Human Groups
Jessica Barker
Oct. 27, 2014
Cooperation among people across societies is required to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems. Insights from evolutionary biology are already being used to promote cooperative behavior in contexts such as online social networks. Building on such efforts necessitates a deeper understanding of the ways in which people respond ...
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