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Dr Alarna N Samarasinghe

BA, MSc

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Research interests

My research uses both cultural evolution and sociolinguistic theory and methods to investigate human cultural transmission. My PhD research uses mixed methods to investigate the effects of differential accent prestige on the retention of cultural information and the use of storytelling to signal importance and scaffold the retention of biased information. My research has been designed to be replicated cross-culturally.

I am broadly interested in:

  • Social transmission biases
  • Accent and prestige
  • Storytelling and narrative
  • Fairy tales, folklore and creation stories
  • Cross-culturally relevant experiments
  • Cultural transmission and evolution

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