Cultural Evolution

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I use iterated learning experiments to simulate cultural evolution in the lab using complex production modalities such, as tapping and singing. I am interested in how transmission biases shape the emergence of cultural artifacts and how differences in the distribution of cultural traits may depend on selection processes and underlying network structures. I also use big data to measure real world patterns of cultural consumption and diffusion. For example, to study the impact of globalization on the evolution of cultures around the world.

Manuel Anglada Tort
Manuel Anglada Tort

I am a Lecturer at the University of Oxford and lead the Research Group Music, Culture, and Cognition (MCC). I am also a visiting researcher in the Computational Auditory Perception Group at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. I am interested in understanding the psychological and cultural foundations of complex social behaviour such as music and aesthetics, and the role they play in human societies and cultural evolution. To explore this, my research combines computational methods, online data collection techniques, and innovative psychological paradimgs.