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Paul Smaldino


University of California, Merced

Research Affiliate year

2023 - University of California, Merced
2022 - University of California, Merced

As a research affiliate at CASBS, Paul Smaldino will continue working on the Human, Nature and Machines program with James Holland Jones. This project involves using computational models to understand the adaptive and maladaptive nature of social learning strategies to acquire information in an uncertain and changing world. Smaldino is an associate professor of cognitive and information sciences at the University of California, Merced. He has broad interests related to cultural evolution, cooperation, and complex systems. His research involves the development and testing of mathematical and computational models to understand how behaviors emerge and evolve in response to social, cultural, and ecological pressures, as well as how those pressures themselves evolve.

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