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2018

ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Ingela Alger

IAST Program Director in Biology, Ingela Alger has awarded an ERC "Advanced Grant" for her research project Evolving Economics – “Human motivation: evolutionary foundations and their implications for economics”

People can recognize universal traits in music

IAST behavioural scientist Luke Glowacki and team publish a study showing that listeners worldwide can accurately infer the function of a song, regardless of its origins or culture.

Researchers unlock key to robot-human cooperation

IAST researcher Jean-François Bonnefon and co-authors Crandall, J. W., Oudah, M., Tennom, Ishowo-Oloko, F., Abdallah, S., Bonnefon, J. F., Cebrian, M., Shariff, A., Goodrich, M. A., & Rahwan, I. publish their amazing study in Nature Communications. The team developed a new algorithm to help AI machines copy human cooperation to improve their own interactions.

2017

Bolivia's Tsimane people have the healthiest arteries on Earth

Following a multi-year study of Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of the Bolivian Amazon, conducted by Jonathan Stieglitz from the Institute of Advanced Study in Toulouse and colleagues, the researchers concluded that the Tsimane present the healthiest arteries in the world.

Male violence leads to higher mating success in a baboon society

In an article published in Current Biology, IAST researcher Alice Baniel and co-authors Guy Cowlishaw (Zoological Society of London, UK) and Elise Huchard (CNRS, Montpellier, France) hint that male baboons attack particular females regularly in the weeks preceding ovulation to increase their chances to mate with them, which can be seen as a form of long-term sexual intimidation.     Photo © Stella Diamant