Angarika Deb

Angarika Deb
Central European University | CEU · Department of Cognitive Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Angarika Deb is a PhD student at Central European University, Budapest. She works with the Departments of Cognitive Science and Social Anthropology, under an interdisciplinary fellowship. She has worked in various fields, ranging from Evolutionary Biology and Human Behavioural Ecology to Cognitive Linguistics, Cultural Psychology and Anthropology. Her current research interests lie in cognitive mechanisms underlying social behaviour and the role of social and cultural norms in cultural evolution

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Studying economic models of coordination with outside options, with empirical anthropological data. We study households, as a prime example of human coordination ventures, and the study popoulation is the Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherers from the Northern Republic of Congo
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Synonyms Anthropology; Context-sensitivity; Ecological validity; Human behavioral ecology; Interdisci-plinarity; Methodological and phenomenological narrowness; Methodological pluralism; Psychology Definition An overreliance on experimental methods in psychology comes with its problems of low context sensitivity, ecological invalidity, and limited...
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From an evolutionary perspective, anxiety can be considered as a psychological hazard-detection system. In uncertain environments, the costs of responding to false cues of danger are often min- iscule as compared to those resulting from undetected threats. Therefore, the anxiety response has evolved a bias toward false alarms under conditions of un...
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Language and linguistic features have long been speculated to affect various aspects of human behavior. Being intricately linked with cultural systems, linguistic features can encode and make salient specific cultural values, which are then reflected in behavior. Here we talk about two significant linguistic features, pronouns and terms of address,...
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The cultural cortical hypothesis states that neural mechanisms, which were used in evolutionarily ancient environments for the recognition of natural visual categories like faces and food items, have now been recycled for recognition of more recent cultural artifacts, like money.
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Language is one of the most complex of human traits. There are many hypotheses about how it originated, what factors shaped its diversity, and what ongoing processes drive how it changes. We present the Causal Hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics Database (CHIELD, https://chield.excd.org/), a tool for expressing, exploring, and evaluating hypothe...
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Language and linguistic features have long been speculated to affect various aspects of human behaviour. Being intricately linked with cultural systems, linguistic features can encode and make salient specific cultural values, which are then reflected in behaviour. Here we talk about two significant linguistic features, pronouns and terms of addres...
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We define two ‘problems of altruism’. The first is the classic problem of altruism, defined as the issue of how a behavior which decreases an individual’s lifetime reproductive success, while helping another individual (or individuals) increase their lifetime reproductive success, can evolve. We also define a ‘second-order problem of altruism’, whe...
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The signal detection theory analysis of anxiety and the evolutionary explanations for why mental disorders like anxiety exist
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We define two “problems of altruism.” The first is the classic problem of altruism, defined as the issue of how a behavior which decreases an individual’s lifetime reproductive success, while helping another individual (or individuals) increase their lifetime reproductive success, can evolve. We also define a “second-order problem of altruism,” whe...
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Individual preferences have been seen to be largely dependent upon values and norms peculiar to their groups and cultures. One such widely studied value is the phenomenon of individualism and collectivism, wherein individualists endorse the value of 'standing out', whilst collectivists often celebrate an individual's ability to 'blend in'. This stu...
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One of the salient features of the Mammals group is possession of body hair. Well, most of them at least. But we stand living proof against that. How, where and why did our body hair disappear and nakedness evolve? While Darwin argued that nakedness evolved for sexual ornamental purposes, Anderson disagrees on the premise that, if sexual traits lik...

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