News 2020

New Study Tests Machine Learning on Detection of Borrowed Words in World Languages
Underwhelming results underscore the complexity of language evolution while showing promise in some current applications more
"What dogs know": DogLab Seeks Participants for Dog Studies
Dog studies have been conducted at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena since 2016. All studies are in playful scenarios and are based exclusively on observation, giving interested dog owners a chance to learn more about their four-legged friends. Now a new study is planned, for which participants are urgently needed. more
Available Now: What Dogs Know (Was Hunde wissen)
In their new book, Dr. Juliane Bräuer, Head of Dog Studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, and Dr. Juliane Kaminski, Director of the Dog Cognition Centre, University of Portsmouth, present new results from the most important studies of dog cognition over the last twenty years. more
10 Million Euro ERC Synergy Grant Awarded for Study of the Cognitive and Cultural Evolution of Numeracy
The QUANTA project is the first concerted effort to address the ambitious questions of when, why, and how tools for quantification emerged and evolved more
Available Now for Free Download: Rethinking the Andes–Amazonia Divide: A cross-disciplinary exploration, edited by Adrian J. Pearce, David G. Beresford-Jones, and Paul Heggarty
This edited volume combines insights from archaeology, history, anthropology, genetics and linguistics to explore the contrasts and connections between the peoples and cultures of these two major regions of South America more
More Than One Cognition: A Call for Change in the Field of Comparative Psychology
July 14, 2020 - Reviewing 40 years of research, a new paper challenges hypotheses and calls for a more biocentric understanding of cognitive evolution more
Owner Behavior Affects Effort and Accuracy in Dogs’ Communications
July 6, 2020 - Communication history and the principle of least effort guide human communications, but the factors guiding dog communications are highly influenced by their owners. more
Extended Parenting Helps Young Birds Grow Smarter
June 01, 2020 - A new study of corvid birds underscores how biology, environment, and social life allow young birds and humans to learn difficult skills that improve survival more
Pofatu: A New Database for Geochemical “Fingerprints” of Artefacts
May 11, 2020 - The Pofatu Database is the first comprehensive open-access compilation of geochemical analyses and contextual information for archaeological sources and artefacts facilitating new insights into ancient trade and long-distance voyaging. more
Publishing in March: Cambridge World History of Violence  
March 25, 2020 - The four-volume collection is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive examination of violence from prehistory to the present more
Reverse engineering cash: researchers investigate how coin designs communicate value
Febr. 3, 2020 - Using insights from psychology, linguistics and economics, researchers investigate the properties of coined money in 182 modern currencies for underlying principles of design more
Cross departmental workshop: Reproducible Research and Data Management workshop
Date: Jan 29 - 30, 2020
Location: MPI-SHH Jena
Room: Villa V14
Organizers: Johann-Mattis List, Alexander Hübner, Maxime Borry, Christoph Rzymski, Robert Forkel, and Clemens Schmid more
O is a round sound: The relationship between sound and meaning in 66 different languages
Jan. 23, 2020 - Research shows that the sound of some words relates to the concept they refer to more
Interdisciplinary study reveals new insights into the evolution of signed languages
Jan. 20, 2020 - A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Texas at Austin used phylogenetic approaches to investigate the worldwide dispersal of European sign languages. more
CLICS: World’s largest database of cross-linguistic lexical associations
Jan. 13, 2020 - Newest version of database sets new standards for reproducible research, providing a reliable approach to the quantitative study of linguistics more
Dogs and wolves are both good at cooperating
Jan. 6, 2020 - Basic cooperation skills appear to be shared by dogs and wolves, suggesting that this ability was present in a common ancestor and was not lost during domestication more
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