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Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC)

The goal of the Center is to promote connections and collaborations between different researchers focusing on various aspects and levels of human social behavior. We use theoretical and empirical methods and work at the interface of mathematical, biological, social, and computational sciences. Our topics of interest include cooperation, conflict, cultural evolution and dynamics, mass behavior and psychology, human origins, emergence and evolution of human societies, social norms, and societal resilience and (in) stability to various shocks. We are interested in combining system thinking, modeling tools, and big data to develop testable predictions and practical agendas.

DySoC/NIMBioS Seminars


DySoC and NIMBioS will resume its seminars series on topics related to social complexity in the Fall 2018 semester. Seminars are held in Hallam Auditorium at NIMBioS. Most are also live streamed and recorded.

Did you miss a seminar this semester? Here's the line-up with video at the link:
February 14 – Alex Bentley (Anthropology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on The acceleration of cultural evolution
March 19 – Brandon Prins (Political Science, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Pirate lands: Governance and maritime piracy
April 16 – Garriy Shteynberg (Psychology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Not by imitation alone: Collective learning as a psychological foundation of human evolutionary success


Contact DySoC
Sergey Gavrilets, Director
403B Austin Peay
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410
PH: (865) 974-8136
FAX: (865) 974-3067 Email
Website: http://www.dysoc.org

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