New technologies have emerged through imitation rather than intellect

Jean François Bonnefon, Maxime Derex and a team of American, British and French researchers have published a study in Nature Human Behaviour showing that understanding is not necessary in order to improve a technology.

Evolutionary origins of money categorization and exchange: an experimental investigation in tufted capuchin monkeys

A new series of studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the CNR of Rome, Italy and the Institute Jean Nicod of the CNRS of Paris, investigated whether some features of money may be traced back to the exchange habits of capuchin monkeys, a South-American primate species whose lineage split from ours more than 35 million years ago.


Cultural flies: Conformist social learning in fruitflies predicts long-lasting mate-choice traditions

A new Toulouse-led scientific study published in Science reveals that on Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies can pass on cultural practices - including sexual preferences - from generation to generation, hence influencing the long term evolution of the species.

Pygmies evolved short stature to navigate dense rainforest environment

New study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B links biological evolution to culture and environment

Autonomous vehicles and moral decisions: what do online communities think?

In 2016, researchers at CNRS (members of TSE – Université Toulouse Capitole), MIT, Harvard University and the University of British Columbia launched the “Moral Machine” online platform to ask users about moral dilemmas facing us in the development of autonomous vehicles. The researchers gathered 40 million decisions from millions of web users worldwide. The results show global moral preferences that may guide decision makers and companies in the future. The analysis of this data was published in Nature on October 24, 2018.