Dr. Michael Chimento

IMPRS Alumni
Department of Collective Behavior

Main Focus

When processes of perception, storage and production of socially learned behaviors are iterated within a population, culture emerges as persistent patterns of observable information. I am interested in investigating how variation in these processes, along with social factors (eg network structure, immigration) affect cultural evolution. In my PhD I used transmission chain experiments with captive great tits (parus major) as a study system for culture. I also used agent based models to explore the theoretical underpinnings of cultural evolution. I currently am working on a project exploring attention in great tits during social learning events.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2018-2022: PhD in Biology, Uni Konstanz (Konstanz, DE)
  • 2016-2018: MSc in Evolution of Language & Cognition, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK)
  • 2009-2011: BA in Politics, New York University (New York City, USA)

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