I am a cognitive/evolutionary anthropologist with a particular interest in computational science. The main question that drives my research is: is it possible to find some general factors determining why some cultural traits succeed and others do not? In the cultural arena things climb towards success in a haphazard manner, but some overall regularities may be discovered. 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 data.
I recently wrote a book for Oxford University Press: Cultural evolution in the digital age.
Newest selected publications
Morin, O., Jacquet, PO., Vaesen, K. and Acerbi, A. (2020) 'Social information use and social information waste'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, in press. pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 0962-8436 Open Access Link
Acerbi, A., Mesoudi, A. and Smolla, M. (Accepted) 'Individual-based models of cultural evolution. A step-by-step guide using R.'. .
Pianzola, F., Acerbi, A. and Rebora, S. (2020) 'Cultural Accumulation and Improvement in Online Fan Fiction'.Computational Humanities Research 2020. Amsterdam. 3 - 20 November. Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Humanities Research. pp. 2 - 11. ISSN: 1613-0073 Open Access Link
Jansson, F., Aguilar, E., Acerbi, A. and Enquist, M. (2020) 'Modelling Cultural Systems and Selective Filters'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 0962-8436 Open Access Link
Acerbi, A., Kerhoas, D., Webber, A., McCabe, G., Mittermeier, R. and Schwitzer, C. (2020) 'The impact of the “World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates” list on scientific publications and media'. Journal for Nature Conservation, 54. pp. 125794 - 125794. ISSN: 1617-1381 Open Access Link