Recent Posts

Seemingly millennia-old culinary traditions are relatively young. Cultural evolution research needs to not essentialise culture.

Running your R scripts in the cloud is as simple as that (and free).

Data from Wellcome Trust shows no correlation between social media usage and negative opinions towards vaccination.

Why do people die in novels? A new paper with Olivier Morin and Oleg Sobchuck.

Why applying quantitative methods to the study of human culture is considered neo-liberal?

Recent Publications

Popular music offers a rich source of data that provides insights into long-term cultural evolutionary dynamics. One major trend in …

What is fiction about, and what is it good for? An influential family of theories sees fiction as rooted in adaptive simulation …

What causes cultural stability? Culture can be studied as an evolving system, and the comparison between biological and cultural …

The spread of online misinformation has gained mainstream attention in recent years. This paper approaches this phenomenon from a …

Assessing the impact of conservation campaigns is of high importance for optimizing the use of limited resources. Lists of threatened …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

In recent years, researchers from many disciplines have included the concept of culture among their explicatory tools. While this is a …

The spread of online misinformation has gained mainstream attention in recent years and it is often touted as one of the biggest threat …

Selected media

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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.

CV

Here is my CV in pdf format

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