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The Neverending Story: Cultural Evolution and Narratives

Lecture 4: Soap Opera

Why are soap operas and other stories involving social interaction so popular? This lecture introduces the concept of cognitive content biases, and our bias for social information. In the exercise you will learn how to code material produced by participants in a transmission chain experiment, to test if social information is more likely to be preserved than other types of content.


Slides: (pdf)
  Instructions (pdf)
  Work sheet (docx)
  Model coding keys (pdf)
  Model answer (pdf)
Exercise chains:
  Control chain 1 (pdf)
  Control chain 2 (pdf)
  Control chain 3 (pdf)
  Social chain 1 (pdf)
  Social chain 2 (pdf)
  Social chain 3 (pdf)

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