Olivier Mascaro, Olivier Morin, and Dan Sperber, "Optimistic expectations about communication explain children's difficulties in hiding, lying, and mistrusting liars," Journal of Child Language 44 (5), 1041-1064 (2017).
A second axis of our research on graphic codes outside writing uses information theory to measure the capacity of two graphic codes, heraldic emblems and ancient coinage, to contain and impart information. This potential application of Shannon and Weaver's work was a one-time project of 20th century semioticians, but it could not be realised without large, standardised, well-curated databases. In line with our department's ambition to lead the best practices for the constitution of open, standardised, large cultural datasets, the Mint is assembling a database of over 100 000 European heraldic emblems, in collaboration with Adam Powell (Jena) and Steen Clemmensen (Scandinavian Heraldic Society). Barbara Pavlek, a trained archaeologist doing a PhD in cultural evolution at the Mint, is also working on a synthesis of the extant datasets of ancient Greek coins.