Recent Posts

Some content spreads better in social media, but how can we know if it is because of social media?

Cultural traditions can be supported in many ways.

Focusing on making reliable information more trusted and engaging could be better.

Public outrages against social media companies may not fulfil their goals.

Learn cultural evolution individual-based modelling starting from a basic knowledge of R.

Recent Publications

The role of nature documentaries in shaping public attitudes and behaviour towards conservation and wildlife issues is unclear. We …

Individual-Based Models of Cultural Evolution shows readers how to create individual-based models of cultural evolution using the …

Alarmist narratives about the flow of misinformation and its negative consequences have gained traction in recent years. If these fears …

Cultural evolution researchers use transmission chain experiments to investigate which content is more likely to survive when …

A wealth of interventions have been devised to reduce belief in fake news or the tendency to share such news. By contrast, …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A current widespread narrative states that misinformation is abundant on social media, it has a relative advantage with respect to true …

In my talk, I will explore how cultural evolution can provide a useful framework to understand the production, transmission, and …

A current widespread narrative states that misinformation is abundant on social media, it has a relative advantage with respect to true …

Cultural evolutionists indicate, with the term cumulative cultural evolution, the process by which cultural traits become more …

In my talk, I will discuss how cultural evolution can provide a useful framework to understand how information is produced, …

Selected media

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Se battre contre la désinformation ou pour l’information?

An article on Futura Science (in French) on our model showing that focusing on engagment with true news is more productive than …

Should we spend less time fighting misinformation and more time fighting for information?

Nieman Lab reports on our model on fighting misinformation VS fighting for information.

Populisme, vaccination. Pourquoi surestime-t-on le phenomene des Fake News

An article from Les Echos on online misinformation and its overestimation.

The Dissenter - Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age

I have been interviewed in the podcast ‘The Dissenter’ on my research.

Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age interview

An interview for Cultured Scene, the magazie of the Early Career Social Learning Researcher’s Society.

Heaven knows pop’s miserable now

The Times covers our research on cultural evolution of emotions in song lyrics.

Tout ce que vous pensiez savoir d’Internet est (sans doute) faux

An excellent review (in french) of Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age.

Why are pop songs getting sadder than they used to be?

A piece for Aeon on our research on the cultural evolution of emotion in pop song lyrics.

How digital’s defining culture

Press release of Brunel University for the publication of Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age.

Les vraies raisons du succès des infox

An article on my research on cognitive attraction and misinformation (in french).

Perché le fake news ci attraggono? Un contributo dall’antropologia cognitiva ed evoluzionistica

A summary of my research on cognitive attraction and misinformation (in italian).

Dedicated Followers (After a Fashion)

I have been interviewed by a marketing magazine about fake followers and similar. I am sceptical about their effects.

The Trouble with Cultural Evolution

Philosopher Massmio Pigliucci discusses our If we are all cultural darwinians, what is the fuss about? on Plato’s Footnotes.

How much is that doggie from the movie?

The New York Times reports on our research on the effect of movies on dog breeds popularity.

The Lassie effect. Movies drive our preference for certain dog breeds

Our paper on how movies impact on dog breeds popularity is featured in Science.

Why hard times make for miserable books

CNN on our Books average previous decade of economic misery.

Information is power

An interview (in italian) with Radio3 Scienza (I start around min. 18). Click to download the podcast.

Literature gloom mirrors economic misery, study finds

The Guardian reports on our research on economy and emotions in books.

The History of Our Emotions in Millions of Books

I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on our paper on emotions in 20th century books.

Text mining uncovers British reserve and US emotion

Nature features our paper The expression of emotions in 20th century books.

Aiuto, i nostri romanzi hanno perso le emozioni

Our research on emotions in 20th century books featured by la Repubblica (in italian).

Planck, Elusive Giant Squid, Emotive words

I have been interviewed by Adam Rutherford for BBC4 Material world on our research on emotions in 20th century books.

Teaching

I am currently (2022/2023 - term 1) involved in the following modules (material at the links available only to Brunel staff/students!):

CV

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