Community effects on learning from others

Read before class on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Centola, D., & Baronchelli, A. (2015). The spontaneous emergence of conventions: An experimental study of cultural evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 1989—1994.

  • You might also enjoy this talk from the first author on this work here. It’s a little bit long, so feel free to skip around, but it might be helpful for seeing the stimuli and getting a better sense for the experiment.

Hawkins, R.D., Goodman, N.D., Goldberg, A.E. , & Griffiths, T.L. (2020). Generalizing meanings from partners to populations: Hierarchical inference supports convention formation on networks. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

  • You might also enjoy this short talk from the first author on this work.

These papers are both short but pretty tense. Make sure you understand what the authors are trying to demonstrate, how their experiments work, and (roughly) how the models they describe work.

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