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
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
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
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
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