New Publication on Identity Fusion Theory
What happens when you test the predictions of identity fusion theory on a cross-cultural data set?
Ben Purzycki (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Lipsko) and Martin Lang answered this question in a new paper that is out in Cognition. They used freely available cross-cultural data set (goo.gl/qvYzX7) focused on economic games between co-religionists and tested whether people who report their identities to be fused with their religious group are willing to sacrifice more coins to benefit their co-religionists. While identity fusion theory predicts willingness to make extreme sacrifices for the group, Ben and Martin found that it is also predictive in terms of more subtle sacrifices in economic games using money. Data, code, and a preprint are freely available on GitHub (goo.gl/4mg6k2). Stay tuned for another paper using cross-cultural data to test some of the crucial claims in the cultural evolutionary theory of religion!
Open post-doc position
We are looking for a new colleague to join our lab for two years as a post-doc researcher with a specialization in economic games and behavioral experiments.
A new research called “SACRIFICE” has been just launched
It will examine how participation in costly rituals affects the willingness to sacrifice one’s resources during inter-group conflict.
Our Ph.D. students received a grant from the Development Fund of Masaryk University
They will use the money to create a new and innovative course in which they will focus on the evolution of human cooperation and the role that religion played in this process.
Jan Horský won the second place in the student poster competition
Jan was awarded at the conference PTNCE 2019 held in Prague with a large LEVYNA presence.