room TBA, Jacopo Bonan and Valentina Rotondi:
"Field experiments in
developing countries: all you always wanted to know about -- and never dared
international conference @ Neuro-Mi:
Images of the
mind: new frontiers in brain imaging.
November 27 ,
Milano): Towards a sustainable society
through serious gaming
June 27 ,
Aldo Rustichini (Department of
Economics, University of Minnesota):
Higher Intelligence Groups Have Higher
Cooperation Rates in the Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma
, (UniRoma1, LCSR,
Fabio Sabatini Will
Facebook save or destroy social capital? An empirical investigation into the
effect of online interactions on trust and networks .
, (PoliMi, FEEM,
CMCC): Massimo Tavoni
Climate change economics and modeling: everything you always wanted to know
(but had no one to ask).
April 3 ,
seminar, Edoardo Gallo, (University of
Nash and the degree heuristic in network
games: An online experiment, joint with Chang Yan.
March 27 ,
seminar, Natalia Montinari (University
of Lund, School of Economics):
of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts: A Framed Field Experiment, joint with, Jingnan Chen, Daniel Houser, and Marco Piovesan.
2:30pm, *U5/3014* (note
change of building),
seminar, Roberto Lucchetti (Politecnico di
Milano): " Game theory: Mathematics
among philosophy, psychology and concrete applications "
seminar by Enrico Colombatto (University
of Turin, GIS, IREF): " Markets, Morals and Policy-Making :
A New Defence of
Free-Market Economics "
December 17, seminar, Ilya TŰmkin (Smithsonian
Institution): Perils and promises of
cultural phylogenies: evolution of the Baltic Psaltery
September 26-27, Workshop:
perspectives on climate ethics", Villa del Grumello, Lake Como,
June 4-6, Rome,
international conference on Public Happiness ( call for papers).
May 30, 12:00pm, U6/3061, Luca
Stanca (UNIMIB) "Incentive mechanisms and social preferences: A
direct test of non-separability"
May 9, 12:00pm, U6/3061, Stefano
De Michelis (UniversitÓ di Pavia) " Some applications of game theory to
May 16, 1:00pm, U6/3061, Stefano
Malatesta, Marcella Schmidt di Fiedberg, Enrico Squarcina (UNIMIB)
" Not just limits: the
geographical boundaries as places of meeting and diffusion of cultural
April 11, 12:00pm, U6/3061,
Stefano Papa (UniversitÓ di Teramo) " Yoga beyond
wellness: Meditation, trust and cooperation"
February 28, 12:00pm,
U6/3061, seminar: Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo)
" The expression iuxta propria
principia: its pains and miseries"
February 7, 2013, Guido
De Blasio (Banca d'Italia), " My
father taught me. The intergenerational transmission of values",
with G. Albanese and P. Sestito.
January 31, 2013, Mario
Barenghi (UNIMIB) " The
biological function of literature? Some evolutionary considerations
about its origin and diffusion"
December 13, 2pm to 5pm,
U6/3061, Interdisciplinary Workshop: " Tracing traits in linguistics,
economics, and evolutionary biology", with Federica Da Milano,
Nicoletta Puddu, Fabrizio Panebianco, Emanuele Serrelli.
November 29, 3:30pm,
U6/3061, Seminar: Silvia Marchesi (UMB) " The Labor Market in the
Seventeenth-Century Italian Art Sector", with Federico Etro and
November 22, 2:30pm,
U6/3061, Seminar: Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo)
"The expression iuxta propria principia: its pains and
miseries" - TO BE RESCHEDULED
November 8, 2:30pm, U6/372,
Seminar, Elena Canadelli (UNIMIB) "The unexpected migration
of Transparent Man from Germany to the U.S. in 1930s and 40s"
October 11, 2:30pm, U6/372,
Seminar, Alberto Baccini (University of Siena): " " - [ Valutare la ricerca con la
bibliometria: il caso italiano slides]
September 27, 2:30pm,
U6/372, Viviana Ardesia, "Cultures and cultural traits in
June 7, 12:00pm, U6/372,
Seminar: Luca De Benedictis (University of Macerata), " ". International Trade Networks in Space
May 24, 10am-6pm, Building
U7, Aula del Consiglio, Workshop: " Non-monetary
incentives and economic behavior".
May 10, 12:00pm, U6/372, Nathalie
Gontier (Vrije Universiteit, Brussel): " Cultural evolution models and the
extended synthesi s".
2:30-4:00pm, U6, IV
floor, Room 4288, "A discussion on evolutionary epistemology:
Employing evolution to understand knowledge".
May 2, 12:00pm, U6/367, Masao
Ogaki (Keio University): " Cultures,
Worldviews, and Intergenerational Altruism".
April 12, 12:00pm, U6/4160
(4th floor), Seminar: Mauro Van Aken (UMB): " Travelling models of water:
Battlefields of knowledge and ideas of change in the Middle East".
March 12, 2:30pm,
Auditorium (U12), Lecture: Stefano Zenni (Conservatorio di
Bologna and New York University): " ". The history of jazz: a global
January 26, 12:00pm, Room
U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Bruno Codenotti (CNR), Computational Game Theory.
January 12, 2:30pm, Room
U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Robert Ístling
(Stockholm University), " How
Does Communication Affect Beliefs?".
November 17, 12pm, Room
U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Zacharias Maniadis
(Department of Decision Sciences, Bocconi University): " Aggregate Information and the Centipede
Game: a Theoretical and Experimental Study".
October 13, 12pm, Room
U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Marco Grasso and Simona
Sacchi(UNIMIB, The morality of climate change: consequentialism,
deontology and responsibility.
September 22, 12pm, Room
U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Mattia Nardotto (University of
Bologna), Nudging with information:
a randomized field experiment on reminders and feedback.
May 6, building U12, : CISEPS Annual Lecture and
10:00 Luca Cavalli Sforza
"Critical periods of human evolution: interdisciplinarity helps
Feldman, "On Models of Social Transmission: Rates of Evolution and
Patterns of Diversity".
14:15 CISEPS research projects:
16:00 CISEPS Annual
June 8-9, 2011: " Market
and Happiness: Do economic interactions crowd out civic virtues and
human capabilities?". Keynote speakers: Martha Nussbaum, Bruno
Frey, Robert Sugden.
April 14, 12pm, room
U6/4152, seminar: Giuseppe Carignani, University of Udine, " Evolutionary chimeras: towards a new
model of technological innovation".
April 7, 12pm, Sala Lauree
della FacoltÓ di Psicologia (Building U6, 3rd floor), seminar: Lorenz
Goette (University of Lausanne), Group
Membership, Competition, and Altruistic versus Antisocial Punishment:
Evidence from Randomly Assigned Army Groups (with David Huffman,
Stephan Meier, Matthias Sutter).
March 3, 12pm, room
U6/4152, seminar: Francesco Cassata (University of Turin), " A transdisciplinary perspective on
economic complexity: Marshall's problem revisited".
February 10, 3pm, aula
Pagani (U7, 3rd floor), seminar: Luca Stanca, Marco Gui, Marcello
Gallucci, " Attracted but
Unsatisfied: An Experimental Analysis of Choice Inconsistencies in
February 3, 12pm, Aula Tesi
Psicologia (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Benedetto De Martino
(UCL), " The
Neurobiology of Loss Aversion".
December 17, Workshop:
" Social Science and Neuroscience:
How Can They Inform Each Other?". Keynote speakers: Alessandro
Antonietti, David Levine, Rosemarie Nagel, Carlo UmiltÓ, Riccardo Viale,
Jack Vromen, Bernd Weber. 9:15am-4:45pm, U7.
December 14, Workshop:
" Perspectives on the evolution of
evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?". Keynote
speaker: Gerd B. MŘller, Department of Theoretical Biology, University
of Vienna. 9:30am-12:30pm, Auditorium U12.
Is it legitimate to talk about "cultural traits"? Is it
possible to build models of their diffusion, and are they explanatory
or useful? Are there differences and peculiarities in various aspects of
culture that are studied by different disciplines? By cultural
trait we can provisionally intend any trait whose production in
individuals depends to some extent on social learning.
For example, famous and foundational models of "cultural
evolution" such as those by Cavalli Sforza and Feldman (1973,
1981), but also the contemporary models by Richerson, Boyd and colleagues,
are actually models of the diffusion of socially transmitted, discrete
traits. The idea of diffusion is also present in the tradition of
cultural anthropology (although probably with a controversial status).
This is remarkable for our interdisciplinary research because
cultural anthropology is, on the one hand, the elective field whose
object of study is culture, and, on the other hand, tendentially hostile
to any idea presented under the label of "cultural evolution".
To be clear, we do not think to cultural trait diffusion as an
exhaustive theory of culture and cultural change. We rather believe
that the diffusion of cultural traits can be ground for a large
interdisciplinary encounter, at least (but not limited to) including
evolutionary modeling, anthropology, linguistics, musicology, economics,
geography, archaeology, but also biology and computer science,
information theory. Common epistemological problems can be declined and
addressed, such as the delimitation of traits and groups, or the factors influencing
diffusion; a particularly interesting issue is how cultural
traits are modified through their diffusion, a phenomenon which includes
what is commonly called "lamarckian evolution" at the level of
the individuals (i.e., the heritability of individually-achieved
innovations). In this multidisciplinary context, evolutionary models can
be regarded as useful in that they offer manipulable prospective
histories, which can in turn be employed as guidelines
for restrospective reconstructions in other fields. Some fields may
get cross-cut attention: geography is an example, since one of the key
points of cultural diffusion is the idea that traits travel in space.
A remarkable theme, however, is the existence of other spaces (e.g.,
the social space, the cyberspace and so on) where distance is measured
in ways that are equally or more important for cultural diffusion.
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