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Dr Alberto Acerbi
Lecturer in Psychology


I am a researcher in the field of cultural evolution. I am interested in particular to contemporary cultural phenomena, and I use a naturalistic, quantitative, and evolutionary approach with different methodologies, especially individual-based models and quantitative analysis of large-scale cultural data.

I recently wrote a book for Oxford University Press: Cultural evolution in the digital age, and an open access manual: Individual-based models of cultural evolution. A step-by-step guide using R.

Newest selected publications

Acerbi, A. (2023) 'Digital Culture', in Kendal, R., Tehrani, J. and Kendal, J. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Evolution. Oxford : Oxford University Press.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Acerbi, A., Snyder, W. and Tennie, C. (2022) 'The method of exclusion (still) cannot identify specific mechanisms of cultural inheritance'. Scientific Reports, 12 (1). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Link

Journal article

Acerbi, A. and Sacco, PL. (2022) 'The self-control vs. self-indulgence dilemma: A culturomic analysis of 20th century trends'. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 101. pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 2214-8043 Open Access Link

Journal article

Acerbi, A. (2022) 'From storytelling to Facebook: Content biases when retelling or sharing a story'. Human Nature: an interdisciplinary biosocial perspective, 0 (in press). pp. 132 - 144. ISSN: 1045-6767 Open Access Link

Journal article

Acerbi, A., Altay, S. and Mercier, H. (2022) 'Research note: Fighting misinformation or fighting for information?'. Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, 3 (1). pp. 1 - 15.Open Access Link

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