Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Does the ability to accumulate wealth make us value the future more?

Posted 29 Sep 2015 / 0

PLoS ONE “Future Discounting in Congo Basin Hunter-Gatherers Declines with Socio-Economic Transitions” These findings are really fascinating, because they suggest that some degree of “building towards the future” is inspired by the ability to accumulate wealth. There’s a lot in these findings to explain why small-scale societies stay small and how larger-scale societies evolve from smaller-scale Read More

A Minor Post, Adaptation, Articles, Behavior, Behavioral Ecology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Evolution, Economics, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Nature, Memetic Fitness, Phenotypic Plasticity, Psychological Adaptation, Social Norms

New evidence for gene-culture evolution in Native Americans

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Evolutionary Responses to a Constructed Niche: Ancient Mesoamericans as a Model of Gene-Culture Coevolution“

A Minor Post, Cultural Evolution, Gene-Culture Coevolution, Human Evolution

When any behavior can be modeled, real-world constraint is critical

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Modeling Collective Animal Behavior with a Cognitive Perspective: A Methodological Framework“

A Minor Post, Behavior, Behavioral Ecology, Cognitive Ability, Evolutionary Modeling, Intelligences, Modeling (General), Neuroscience

Additional theoretical study insists that population structure does promote cooperation

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Complex Transition to Cooperative Behavior in a Structured Population Model“

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Evolution